A Brief History
Villa Maria, formerly Villa Maria Academy, was built in the 1890s as a school by the Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province, a group of Catholic nuns based in St. Louis. Marian Hall, the main building, was built in the 1940s along with several other structures that were converted into a retreat and conference center in 1969.
In 2019, Villa Maria reopened as a venue for weddings and other events, and in 2021 lodging rooms will be added.
Multiple Event Venues
Villa Maria has a variety of event areas, both indoor and outdoor. Catering is handled on-site, and it is currently managed by the University Club of Saint Paul. The University Club has played host to weddings and other special events for over 30 years.
Reservations are now being taken for events beginning September 1st of 2020 - subject to any health directives.
Staying at Villa Maria
Lodging will be available at Villa Maria in 2021. More specific information will be added here as it becomes available.
Applications for monthly rental of fully furnished studio apartments and suites will be accepted beginning October 1st, 2020. Hotel bookings will be available in late spring 2021.
Your Living Room Away From Home
The expansive grounds and spacious and safe, fully-serviced work spaces will open to members of the University Club of St. Paul beginning May 15th, 2020.
Non-resident memberships for area residents are also available. Please contact the University Club of St. Paul at 651-222-1751 for more information, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org