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South Square includes a variety of unique former classrooms available to rent for your next event! You'll find information about each of the spaces below.


South Square is committed to keeping these rental rates affordable to ensure that all community members, civic organizations and art and education based activities are able to utilize the space. Commercial entities may not be eligible for these community rates and should contact South Square to inquire about renting space. 

Community Room Suite

A home-ec room, a teacher's lounge, and a concession stand. Those are just some of the past lives of this three-room entertainment space. Now the space has a clean look perfect canvas for your next event. The suite accommodates banquet-style seating for 30 and a reception-style setup for 75. The former concession stand opens to the hallway and acts as a convenient location for a bar or registration desk. 

Gymnasium & Stage

The South Square gymnasium was once home to gym class, school plays, and lunch time. Now it can be the home for your next event. This retro space is approximately 40 feet wide by 70 feet long (think basketball court) and can accommodate banquet-style seating for +300 and theater-style seating for 450. The stage spans the length of the gym and hides behind the classic red velvet curtain. Use of the commercial kitchen is included.

Commercial Kitchen

There might not be lunch ladies in the building any more, but there's still cooking going on at South Square. This commercial kitchen includes 3 full-size oven/ranges, warming cabinet, industrial dishwasher, and walk-in cooler and freezer as well as a commercial filtered ice maker. There is easy access to the gymnasium from the kitchen, which makes event catering a breeze.


Of course we have classroom space, it's an old school! Rooms on the first and second floors range in shape and size, up to 600 square feet, and are available for short-term and long-term rental opportunities. The original hardwood floors make it a perfect spot for a yoga or dance class, and the architectural details from its former school days provide ample built-in storage. Contact us with questions about long-term leases.

Bar Service

Cheers! South Square is licensed with a full Schedule C Liquor License, and so can accommodate all your beer, wine and spirits requests on premise. We will work with you to arrange bar services for your next event. Bartending service is included in the cost of the setup fee, this fee goes directly to our volunteer bar tenders. 

Tables, Chairs, Linens, and Tableware 

South Square includes 6-foot banquet tables, 8 person round tables, cocktail rounds, and banquet chairs for complimentary use with all rentals. Table Linens and a great variety of decoration options are available for custom rental via Simply Beautiful Event Rentals, locat


South Square is committed to supporting the St. Ansgar community, including our fellow non-profits and those in need. If you are hosting a fundraiser for a non-profit organization or for an individual with medical bills, contact us to inquire about reduced rental fees for one-time events. The Historic School Project Board of Directors will consider requests that are submitted 3 weeks in advance of event date and will determine ability to waive fees based on financial capacity.


Contact us for details.

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