Discover Lafayette’s Past: The Heymann Performing Arts Center

Architect A. Hayes Town designed the first municipal auditorium in Lafayette in 1957, under the direction of Mayor Jerome Domengeaux and Herbert Heymann. Their vision was to serve the eight-parish area of South Louisiana we now call Acadiana. Construction on the auditorium was completed in 1960 at 1373 S. College Road.

60 years later, we know the former municipal auditorium as the Heymann Performing Arts Center. Located in the Oil Center, the auditorium has hosted untold numbers of dance recitals, Broadway musicals, concerts, symphony performances, and theatre arts, and of course, Mardi Gras celebrations.

With a 2,168 seating capacity and state-of-the-art acoustics, the Heymann Performing Arts Center continues to draw crowds who enjoy a night out on the town and making memories. Our Hub City has certainly benefitted from the foresight and leadership of Jerome Domengeaux and Herbert Heymann.