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Make South Square part of your next event.

Event Spaces

Built as a school, South Square includes a variety of unique former classrooms available to rent for your next event. You'll find information about each of the locations below, as well as rental rates for individual, civic, and educational activities. South Square is committed to keeping these rental rates affordable to ensure community members and civic organizations are able to utilize the space. Commercial entities should contact South Square to inquire about commercial rental rates. 

*2019 rate changes are in parentheses

If you are interested in renting space at South Square please email your request to:   www.info@southsquare.org


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. 

2018 rental rates (Sunday - Saturday)

Daytime (8 am - 2 pm) Rental ...……. $25 (2019 Rate $35)

Evening (2 pm - 12 am) Rental……….$25 (2019 Rate $35)

Hrs in addition to rental period ...... …..$5/hr

Optional Add on of Kitchen Rental……….$20

Optional Bar Set Up and Bartender (bartender required)……....$20

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 275 and theater-style seating for 325. The stage spans the length of the gym and hides behind the classic red velvet curtain. *2019 Rates

2018 Weekday rental rates (Sunday - Thursday)

Daytime Rental (8am - 2pm) ……….$50 (2019 Rate $60)

Evening Rental (2pm - 12am)……….$75 (2019 Rate $85)

Hrs in addition to rental period ………..$10/hr

Optional Bar Set Up and Bartender (bartender required)……….$20

2018 Weekend rental rates (Friday - Saturday)

Daytime Rental (8am - 2pm)……….$50 (2019 Rate $60)

Evening Rental (2pm - 12am)……….$125 (2019 Rate $135)

Hrs in addition to rental period……….$20/hr

Optional Bar Set Up and Bartender (bartender required)……….$20

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 a full-size oven and range, flat-top grill, warming cabinet, industrial dishwasher, and walk-in cooler and freezer. There is easy access to the gymnasium from the kitchen, which makes event catering a breeze.

2018 rental rates (sunday - saturday)

Kitchen Only ………. $50 (2019 Rate $60)

Add on to Room Rental ……….. $25

Add on to Gymnasium ……….Included


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.

2018 event rental Rates (Sunday - Saturday)

Event Rental .……... $25 (2019 Rate $35)

Hrs in addition to rental period ……..... $5/hr

Optional Add on of Kitchen Rental……....$20

Optional Bar Set Up and Bartender (bartender required)……....$20

Monthly rental rates

Contact us for details.

Art Studio

Just because it's no longer a school doesn't mean the learning has to stop at South Square. We've converted one of the former classrooms into a working art studio. We currently use the space to host classes in the art of stained glass making and look forward to expanding our class selection. Sign up for one of our classes or rent the whole space for yourself to host a painting night out - we'll even set up the bar! 

2018 rental rates (Sunday - Saturday)

Event Rental ..... $25 (2019 Rate $35)

Bar Service

Cheers! South Square is licensed to serve beer and wine on premise and will work with you to arrange bar services for your next event. We stock a variety of beer, wine, and malt beverages and are also able to special order items to fit your needs. Bartending service is included in the cost of the setup fee.

2018 Event Rates

Bar Setup Fee ..... $20

Tables, Chairs, Linens, and Tableware 

South Square includes a limited quantity of 6-foot banquet tables, cocktail rounds, and folding chairs for complimentary use with all rentals. Additionally, South Square is able to offer black table linens, white place settings, flatware, and glassware for rent at a nominal fee. Contact us to inquire about rental rates for event accessories.


Are you hosting a community fundraiser or benefit?

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.