Typically, we invite organizations to share our space if (a) They are a nonprofit organization, at any stage of development; (b) They are hosting an event for the good of the community; or, (c) Their event furthers our mission of providing quality educational opportunities to everyone regardless of financial ability. Just a few examples of events we commonly hold in our space include community meetings, job fairs, training, and workshops. We do not provide space for activities if (a) The purpose of the event is to create a product to be sold for profit; (b) It is a private event hosted by a private individual (birthday party, graduation party, etc.); or, (c) The event is sponsored by a for-profit organization and doesn't meet any of the conditions listed above.
Thomas Dunn Learning Center is invested in offering engaging learning experiences to the community. We host a number of nonprofit and community organizations that hold public, free, learning opportunities. If you are passionate/expert in a topic and interested in offering a program or teaching a class, please click on and complete the Program Proposal Form. You will be contacted by a staff member to discuss your ideas and how your program may fit the mission of TDLC.
To reserve a space, read our Facilities Use Guidelines and complete the Facility Use Form. We will process your request within two business days and let you know whether or not we will be able to accommodate you. If your event needs to begin earlier than our opening time or continues later than our closing time, we may be able to accommodate you. Your inquiry should also include any questions you have about whether your event meets our usage guidelines. The facility was built in 1991 with natural lighting and energy conservation in mind. As a part of our Sustainability Initiative, we recycle two to three times as much as we throw away. We encourage our visitors to be mindful of our sustainability guidelines:
Recycle everything possible.
Avoid using non-recyclable styrofoam eating/drink items, plastic water bottles, etc. while in the building.
Inform your caterer/staff to use compostable and/or recyclable silverware, cups, and plates, etc.
Use green cleaning supplies when necessary
**Your request to reserve event space is not approved unless we receive your submitted form and verify your reservation.
Thomas Dunn Learning Center is an award-winning ADA-accessible facility located on the southeast corner of beautiful Marquette Park, in the Dutchtown neighborhood of St. Louis. Our building has two general classrooms, a computer lab, a library, an art lab, a training/demo kitchen, and a small auditorium.(Architectural Layout)
The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) St. Louis Chapter recognized the Thomas Dunn Learning Center with the 2015 Distinguished Building Award. The award is given to an architectural gem that has sustained the mission that it was designed for in its silver anniversary. The building was designed by Bill Bowersox, FAIA while he was a partner at Ittner & Bowersox Architects in 1990.
1992 Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture St. Louis AIA
1992 Russell H. Jost Design Excellence Award
1994 Honor Award for Design Excellence Central States AIA
City of St. Louis Urban Design Award
2015 American Institute of Architecture: Distinguished Building Award