The Summit Center

A Magnificent Historic Community and Regional Center Dedicated to Innovation in the Arts, Arts Education, Spirituality, and Celebrations

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Our Mission

Adventurous Cultural Experiences

The mission of the Summit Center is to present adventurous cultural experiences that celebrate and connect community.

The Summit Center contains unique performance spaces found nowhere else in the metro area for artists, guests, and audiences to collaborate in creative work that is stylistically, historically, and culturally diverse and that inspires a dynamic exchange of ideas among those who participate.


Our Vision

To Extend the Reach of Arts and Ideas

The Summit Center extends the reach of arts and ideas into our community through the shared experience of live performance, public discourse, and all the ways people creatively express who they are, where they come from, and what they value.  A premier aesthetic and acoustical environment with flexible seating for up to 450, the Summit Center is an inspiring and elegant venue suitable for a wide range of programs.

We aspire to be a regional leader for live events, equipped with cutting edge technology multi-camera live streaming, video and audio recording, dynamic resources for lighting and sound–all contributing to an unforgettable experience that can be shared across the globe.

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Establishing a Model of Collaboration

The arts are transformative and have the power to help people deepen their understanding of themselves, unlock their creative potential, and connect to diverse cultures and communities.

At the Summit Center, we are creating a dynamic ecosystem of artists, arts and education organizations, businesses, community partners, and audiences to find common values and attain shared goals through rich cultural experiences. As a public benefit corporation, The Summit Center is establishing a model of collaboration among diverse entities all seeking to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of our community and the vitality of our city.

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The Summit Center was originally constructed over one hundred years ago to house Saint Paul’s on the Hill Episcopal Church.

The Church was designed by the world renowned architect Emanuel Masqueray who, among his many other magnificent buildings, designed The Cathedral of Saint Paul and The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.

The church was a spiritual place for generations, and the Summit Center is committed to continuing and expanding that history by welcoming all faiths, beliefs, and spiritual traditions.  Currently Cities Church holds services on Sunday mornings.

The Summit Center

An Exceptional & Unique Cultural Center in Saint Paul

“I believe the performance space has the potential to be broadly significant well beyond the Twin Cities, and even nationally of-interest. As a performance curator, I find quality mid-sized venues nearly impossible to come by, and the Summit Center under your management is bound to be a wonderful exception.”
– Kate Nordstrum, Liquid Music at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
“It's wonderful when a beautiful old, historic building gets a new purpose. A performance space in the 300-450 size will provide a wonderful venue for all sorts of music events…We applaud this effort, support it wholeheartedly and wish it every success.”
– Chan Poling and John Munson of The New Standards
“Our institutions and venues teach us about the possibilities that we may not see. Spaces transform conscience. This location has a great deal of potential to make this community an even more interesting place to live.”
– Toki Wright, Assistant Chair, Professional Music Dept. Berklee College of Music; Vice President, Soul Tools Entertainment
“The lovely acoustics, the wonderful size, the flexibility and the location on Summit Avenue make this a marvelous addition to the other concert venues that St. Paul offers. This space is unique and will fill a void in our community that many organizations will want to use.”
– Phillip Brunelle, Vocal Essence
“We are so pleased to hear ofyour plans to transform the former St. Paul’s on the Hill on Summit Avenue intoa vibrant concert hall and arts center. We have often struggled to find beautiful,mid-size performance venues in St. Paul. Not only would the size and marvelousacoustic of this space be ideal for performances of baroque music, itsconnection and commitment to the surrounding neighborhood would be a good matchfor our mission and music-making philosophy.”
– Jacques Ogg, Artistic Director, Lyra Baroque Orchestra