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Victoria GranackiFollow

Start Date

14-11-2015 12:00 PM

End Date

14-11-2015 1:00 PM

Abstract

Polish church architecture flourished for 40 years in Chicago, beginning with St. Stanislaus Kostka, considered the “mother church” of all Polonia. The Reverend Vincent Barzynski of the Congregation of the Resurrection founded 23 Polish parishes in Chicago from 1872 until his death in 1899. New “national parishes” serving specific ethnic groups continued into the early 20th century. But Cardinal Mundelein arrived in Chicago in 1916 determined to transform the city’s fractured ethnic fiefdoms into a unified American church. By the end of the 1920s the halcyon days of traditional Chicago church design had come to a close. This richly illustrated lecture will highlight the most magnificent of Chicago’s Polish Catholic churches.

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Nov 14th, 12:00 PM Nov 14th, 1:00 PM

The Architecture of Polish Catholic Churches in Chicago

Polish church architecture flourished for 40 years in Chicago, beginning with St. Stanislaus Kostka, considered the “mother church” of all Polonia. The Reverend Vincent Barzynski of the Congregation of the Resurrection founded 23 Polish parishes in Chicago from 1872 until his death in 1899. New “national parishes” serving specific ethnic groups continued into the early 20th century. But Cardinal Mundelein arrived in Chicago in 1916 determined to transform the city’s fractured ethnic fiefdoms into a unified American church. By the end of the 1920s the halcyon days of traditional Chicago church design had come to a close. This richly illustrated lecture will highlight the most magnificent of Chicago’s Polish Catholic churches.