At. Agatha’s Conservatory of Music and Arts(1884-1961) was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1884 well before the construction of what is now known as the Exchange Building. The Conservatory was the first fine arts school in Minnesota .Its classes in music, art, expression and dancing generated the income needed to support the convent and provide for the needs of the nuns. At its peak, the convent housed more than 90 sisters, and the school had an enrollment of more than 1,100 students .For more than three-quarters of a century, until it closed in 1961, St. Agatha’s would educate almost four generations of students who would in turn patronize and support the arts–a legacy that lives on today in the Twin Cities’ nationally recognized arts community.
Celeste St. Paul is a charming boutique hotel just steps away from the famous Fitzgerald Theater ,the History Theater, and the Minnesota Children’s Museum. Located directly on the light rail Central Line, it offers easy access to the University of Minnesota and downtown Minneapolis. The hotel is also just minutes from the Excel Energy Center, CHS Stadium and the Lower town area’s flourishing restaurant scene.