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Names announced for Ordway Center spaces

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has announced corporate names for lobbies and public spaces as part of its new construction in downtown St. Paul.

The Ordway's new 1,100-seat concert hall, though, won't have a sponsor's name. John and Ruth Huss, who contributed $10 million for the project, declined to have their name put on the hall, which will simply be called the Concert Hall. A plaque at the entrance, however, will honor the Husses.

The Ordway's main 1,900-seat music hall doesn't have a corporate or sponsor name, either.

Other parts of the building, though, will get names:

  • 3M, the largest corporate sponsor to a capital campaign for the renovation, is rewarded with the first-floor lobby and outside area in front of the Ordway, to be called the 3M Plaza.
  • Public spaces throughout the second level of the Ordway will be named the Target Atrium.
  • The third-level lobby of the new hall will be named the Securian Sky Lobby, while the existing third-level lobby of the Music Theater will be named the Securian Balcony Lobby.

An Arts Partnership, made up of the Ordway’s principal users, including the Ordway, Schubert Club, Minnesota Opera and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, has raised $80 million for the project, which includes the new concert hall that replaces the former McKnight Theatre. The funding includes $16 million in state bonding and $3 million from the city of St. Paul.

The new Concert Hall is scheduled to open in February.

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