Visiting scholar to share story of Victor Cordella-“Architect for all”

Though his name may not be well-known in this area, the architectural vision of Victor Cordella is familiar to many – anyone who has visited the Swedish Institute, Nye’s Polonaise (RIP) or any of a dozen Minnesota churches.  Polish scholar and writer Geoffrey Gyrisco has traveled and studied the work of Cordella, particularly the role of the architect as he worked across faiths and nationalities in the early years of the 20th Century.  Among the Twin Cities area churches designed by Cordella are, St. Casimer’s in St. Paul, and Holy Cross Sts Cyril and Methodius in Minneapolis.  The vision of Cordella is evident in several other churches throughout the state. (

Gyrisco is visiting Minnesota this month, telling “The story of Victor Cordella- Architect for all.”  Gyrisco will share his views and experience on Saturday, September 30, 1:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Northeast Minneapolis (   The talk is free and open, free will offering, followed by a reception.

The Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota ( has published two significant articles about the life and work of Victor Cordella:

Related read:

Works by Geoffrey Gyrisco:

  • Gyrisco, Geoffrey M. 1997. Victor Cordella and the Architecture of Polish and East-Slavic Identity in America. Polish American Studies54 (1): 33–52.Google Scholar
  • Gyrisco, Geoffrey M. Polish Flats and Farmhouses: What Makes a House Polish? Wisconsin Magazine of History 84 (3): 22–33.Google Scholar


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