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Wellstone Center

Completed in 2006, The Wellstone Center is a 93,000 square foot facility constructed with both new and recycled materials, with twenty different meeting rooms and event spaces available for rent at competitive pricing.  Featuring floor to ceiling windows, striking architectural design and a clean modern style.


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About Us / History

The Wellstone Center is a living memorial to Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone and his wife, Sheila, who tragically died in a plane crash in the fall of 2002, along with their daughter, Marcia. Interim Senator Dean Barkley researched over eighty appropriations that Senator Wellstone had been working on prior to his death.  Establishing a new facility for community building was one of them.  Within one week of his initial inquiry to the non-profit organization, Neighborhood House, Congress authorized $10 million toward The Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building, which would become the new Neighborhood House headquarters, a $25 million project.

The Neighborhood House was founded in 1897 by the women of Mount Zion Temple to assist Russian Jewish immigrants fleeing their homeland as a result of mounting bigotry and discrimination. Over 110 years later, Neighborhood House is a vibrant, thriving organization serving immigrants, refugees and low-income populations in need of a helping hand.


The Wellstone Center is located on St. Paul’s historic West Side.  Convenient to most major highways and just minutes from downtown hotels, shopping and dining. Featuring free parking, 24-hour security and no catering restrictions, it is a premiere destination for unique meetings and events. View Map

Public Art

The Paul & Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building showcases art by artists Craig David, Evelyn Rosenberg, and the COMPAS ArtsWork Program. The public is invited to visit and view the art at anytime the building is open. The Wellstone Center’s lounge space is a welcoming space for relaxing.