Designed by French-born architect Léon Arnal and constructed in 1928, this 66,000 square-foot Italianate mansion is a Minneapolis Historic Treasure. Filled with hand-crafted antique furnishings and classical embellishments, the elegance of the Clubhouse is so stunning you can skimp on your décor budget. Whether you envision an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis allows you to celebrate life’s most memorable events under one exceptional roof.
The Clubhouse is wheelchair accessible and offers complimentary parking—a rarity in downtown Minneapolis. Located near the heart of the city, lovely Loring Park is just across the street, and the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden are a footbridge away—all superb locations for photos in every season.
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Stroll into the Lounge with its soaring arched windows, timbered ceiling, and 16th century hand-hewn stone fireplace imported from Italy, and be transported back in time. The Lounge exudes an old-world glamour that will inspire you and delight your guests. Warmly lit, the space is so perfectly proportioned that while spacious, the feeling is one of intimacy. Descending from a Juliet balcony, the staircase is a dramatic focal point for grand entrances. Persian rugs cover a polished oak floor ideal for dancing. Enjoy a cocktail at the marble-topped Bar or settle into an overstuffed chair. Step through the French doors onto a covered Loggia with views over the trees of Loring Park, where downtown city lights reflect off the pond. Striking and elegant, the Lounge is a jewel within The Club.
Seating Capacity: The Lounge can accommodate up to 500 for a stand-up social, or bring the party into the adjoining Dining Room for larger events.
The Dining Room
Custom bronze chandeliers suspended from a sculpted ceiling illuminate mahogany dining tables surrounded by exquisitely carved high-back mahogany chairs. A hand-hewn Italian stone mantlepiece (sister to the mantlepiece in the Lounge) stands at the head of the room. Tall arched windows and an ever-changing selection of curated artwork from regional artists adorn the walls.
Seating Capacity: The Dining Room seats 116 for a sit-down dinner, with room to expand into the Lounge.
The masterful art collection throughout The Clubhouse conveys an immediate sense of grandeur and grace, and nowhere is this more evident than in the sumptuous Ballroom. Hand-carved plaster relief, stately columns, crystal chandeliers and classical embellishments surround you and your guests. Honey-colored hardwood floors rise to an elegant stage, a grand piano graces the spacious Ballroom Foyer, and a fully-stocked Bar off the Foyer opens your options for designing the perfect celebration. One of The Club’s most versatile spaces, the Ballroom is the perfect space for a ceremony, a sit-down dinner, a dance—or a combination of all three.
Seating Capacity: The Ballroom seats 160 for a ceremony (with theatre seating), or 144 for a sit-down dinner.
The Falconer Memorial Library
A hand-carved wooden relief of a sailing ship on open water hangs above the stone fireplace of the Falconer Memorial Library, commissioned by the husband of one of The Club’s founders who likened his wife’s impressive figure to a “ship in full sail.” Clad entirely in rich mahogany paneling, the charming Memorial Library is a favorite space for many visitors to The Club. Mahogany bookshelves display a distinctive collection of antique volumes. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to cast-iron balconies that overlook the Park. Perfect for meetings, luncheons, cocktail parties and dinner parties.
Seating Capacity: The Memorial Library seats up to 30 for meetings, luncheons and dinners, or 40 for a stand-up social.
The Rooftop Terrace
Step out onto the Rooftop Terrace on top of the six-floor Clubhouse and experience one of the most spectacular outdoor dining and event spots in the Twin Cities. With its sweeping views of Loring Park, the Basilica of St. Mary and the Minneapolis skyline, the Rooftop Terrace is ideal in the warmer months for engagement parties, luncheons, bridal showers or bachelorette parties. It’s also a favorite spot with many couples and bridal parties for photographs.
Seating Capacity: The Rooftop Terrace seats 70 for a sit-down dinner or 100 for a stand-up cocktail party.
The Alice Winter Room
Named for The Woman’s Club first president, a civic leader at the turn of the previous century who pioneered social change for women and children in the city of Minneapolis, the Alice Winter Room has been a beloved dressing room for brides for more than eight decades. French antique baroque furnishings, original oils and a mirror gilded in gold leaf adorn the room. Sumptuous antique-reproduction couches flank a marble-topped cocktail table, and an antique bronze bridal gown hook hangs high on one wall. Delicate teardrop chandeliers light the graceful space. The Alice Winter Room is also an excellent venue for an intimate family dinner.
Seating Capacity: The Alice Winter Room seats up to 20 for a sit-down event.
The Woman’s Club Parlor is the perfect setting for an intimate luncheon or dinner. Or use the stylish space to collect and display gifts from your guests. A contemporary fireplace at one end adds élan.
Seating Capacity: The Parlor seats up to 34 for a sit-down event.
The Centennial Room
In 2014, the Centennial Room was refurbished and redecorated in a gentle palette of earth tones, wood paneling and art-deco lighting, and boasts a state-of-the-art flat-panel video wall mount system. Artifacts from the more than 100-year history of the Club adorn the walls.
Seating Capacity: The Centennial Room seats up to 42 for a sit-down dinner or meeting, and also makes an excellent staging area for events in the Lounge. It is especially popular with bridegrooms.
The Heritage Room
The stunning Heritage Room, papered in crimson fleur-de-lis and decorated with antique glass built-ins that display more than 100 years of family heirlooms collected by Club Members, is the perfect space for a small, sit-down luncheon or dinner.
Seating Capacity: The Heritage Room seats up to 12 for a sit-down event.
What do Helen Keller, Frank Lloyd Wright, Garrison Keillor and the Jayhawks have in common? They all have spoken or performed at the Theatre at The Woman's Club of Minneapolis. Since 1928, this impressive 630-seat venue has hosted a weekly lecture series for Club Members, as well as performances and events including concerts, ballet and piano recitals, corporate meetings, Fringe Festival performances, children's plays and traveling Broadway shows. The Theatre makes a uniquely creative and playful venue for a wedding ceremony.
Seating Capacity: The Theatre seats up to 630.