Story of Victor Cordella

The Story of Victor Cordella: Architect for All

Learn about the man from Krakow who designed 21 Minnesota churches, working across faiths and nationalities between 1903 and 1927; the man behind the Swedish Institute, Gluek’s Restaurant and a tavern that became Nye’s Polonaise. Our speaker will be Geoffrey Gyrisco, author of Victor Cordella and the Architecture of Polish and East-Slavic Identity in Minnesota.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 1:00 p.m.
Holy Cross Church
1621 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Free will offering, a reception will follow the presentation.

The 21 Churches Designed by Victor Cordella
Name, Location     —     Founding Nationality

Holy Cross Church, Minneapolis — Polish
St. Casimir, St. Paul — Polish
Sts. Cyril & Methodius, Minneapolis — Slovak
St. Francis Xavier, Buffalo — German
St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic, Minneapolis — Carpatho-Rusin
St. John the Baptist, Vermillion — German
St. Joseph, Browerville — Polish 1
Our Lady of Lourdes, Little Falls — Polish
St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis — Carpatho-Rusin, Russian
St. Mary of Czestochowa, Delano — Polish
St. Mary’s, Beardsley — French
St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel expansion (Mayo Clinic), Rochester
St. Constantine (1913), Minneapolis — Ukrainian 2
St. Peter, Delano — Silesian German 3
Our Lady of the Angels, Sauk Centre — Irish
Sacred Heart, Faribault — French
Sts. Peter and Paul, Gilman — Polish
Queen of Peace, Cloquet — French
St. Stanislaus, Perham — Polish 4
St. Stanislaus, Superior, WI — Polish 5
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Barron WI — Russian

1 Now Christ the King parish
2 Torn down in 1972, replaced with larger structure
3 Now St. Maximilian Kolbe parish
4 Closed 2009, now the Perham Center for the Arts
5 Torn down

There were also stories about Cordella in two recent PolAm issues, read those in the March-April issue and the April-May issue. Here is the program flyer.