The side facing the street is the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center. It holds a full theatrical stage, an atrium, three large conference rooms, and assigned offices. The official seating capacity is 1,800. It was named after Douglas Wilder, Virginia’s first African American governor serving from 1989-1994. The building connected to it is named the E.L. Hamm Center. It is the home of Spartan Legion Marching Band and the music and fine arts departments. It is named after Edward L. Hamm Jr., a philanthropist and former Hampton University graduate.