Westminster is a vibrant, open and affirming congregation, worshipping in the heart of Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall. Originally built in 1857, the church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In January 2018, Westminster opened its doors on an inspiring expansion, featuring bright, engaging spaces, and quiet, light-filled meeting rooms. Kitchen and catering space is available, as well as technology, and enough underground heated parking for large events. Westminster can accommodate a wide variety of event needs.
Open and Affirming
Westminster welcomes persons of all sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities. Prior to the legalization of marriage equality, Westminster’s pastors celebrated the love and commitment of same-sex couples, and continue now to happily officiate at weddings recognized by the State of Minnesota. In order to facilitate the participation by all persons in Westminster events and ministries, our facility has multiple gender-neutral restrooms. Read more about Westminster’s commitment to inclusion.
Earth Care Congregation
Westminster’s ongoing certification as a Presbyterian Church (USA) Earth Care Congregation is highlighted by the green roof on the new wing, a commitment to composting and recycling programs, the rainwater re-use system, the community solar garden, and off-site solar energy use. Event rental fees include the use of responsible and sustainable practices wherever possible.
Room Rental Details
Westminster Hall will comfortably accommodate up to 250 people seated for dinner, 300 people seated in rows, and up to 375 people for standing receptions. The hall was designed with state-of-the-art lighting and acoustics that is ideal for concerts, large and small. The glass doors to Westminster Hall open up to Westminster Plaza on Nicollet Mall, and internally open up to a large commons area. They can also be closed and curtained on both sides.
Ideal for conferences, wedding receptions, memorials, and musical performances. Presentation technology and live-streaming is available.
The Meditation Garden is accessible from the Garden Room or the Corner Gallery. It offers a wonderfully private, contemplative green space.
The Sanctuary, built in 1897 in the Akron style and re- stored in 1998, seats 1,500. The circular design creates a sense of community and affords excellent sight lines. The stained glass windows portray a variety of Christian symbols and stories. The rose window at the back of the balcony is original to the building, as is the skylight featuring a Jerusalem cross. The Möller Organ dates from 1980 and retains some of the pipes from a 1926 Kimball, notably wooden pedal bourdon. The four- manual, 85-rank instrument has nearly 5,000 pipes.
Heller Commons & Westminster Gallery
Heller Commons connects the Marquette Avenue entrance to the Westminster Gallery and Chapel. Well lit with natural light and filled with plants, Heller Commons provides Sunday fellowship meeting space and comfortable waiting areas. When combined with the Westminster Gallery, these two spaces can accommodate up to 250.
The Recreation Room is a sunny multi-purpose room overlooking the Westminster Green. A high ceiling and durable finishes accommodates all sorts of indoor recreation, from activities like the Youth Group’s floor hockey to the Westminster Boy Scout Troop’s pinewood derby. The Recreation Room can seat up to 100 people for meetings, receptions, and classes.
Outdoor gathering options abound at Westminster.
Westminster Plaza on Nicollet Mall, serves as a civic and spiritual “town square” of Minneapolis. Featuring ramps along Nicollet and a skyway connection from Alice Rainville, the Plaza is accessible from multiple points. Flanked by Westminster Hall on the east and an allée of maple trees on the west, the Plaza provides places for connection and respite for city residents, workers, and visitors. The Lower Plaza can seat up to 100 and the Upper plaza can seat up to 150.
Off Marquette Avenue is the Westminster Green, for a mix of use and activity options and can seat up to 150.
A private exterior Courtyard is also available which can seat up to 100. It is adjacent to the Chapel and is accessible from inside the church.
The Corner Gallery features a two-story, south-facing art glass wall that is reminiscent of the historic stained glass in the existing church. It sits at the south end of Westminster Commons, along Alice Rainville Place and adjacent to the skyway connection and Meditation Garden. The space can seat up to 50 for a semi-private meeting or reception.
The Great Hall is a central reading room, flanked by the Children’s Library and the Lowe Library. The Great Hall can accommodate up to 60 people and is ideal for small meeting groups and private receptions.
The Bates Room (not pictured) is a small meeting room that seats 15.