Cathedrals and Churches of the Twin Cities


Former Santa Fe style church - now the American Museum of Russian Art

Two of the most beautiful cathedrals in the United States are located here, one in each city, and both designed by French master, Emmanuel Louis Masqueray (1861-1917).    Masqueray was the lead designer of the elaborate Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904.  His work so impressed St. Paul Archbishop John Ireland  that he invited the architect to the Twin Cities where he was kept very busy.

In total, he did seven churches here, along with several homes.  All without a cell phone.  He died on a streetcar going from one project to another. 

There are several other very elegant churches around the Twin Cities as well.  Too many to list here, but they include:

In Saint Paul

Central Presbyterian Church; Richardsonian Romanesque, Warren Hayes, 1889

Church of Saint Louis, King of France Catholic Church: another Masqueray  masterpiece, 1909.

In Minneapolis

Central Lutheran Church,  neo-gothic, 1928

Westminster Presbyterian:  Twin-towered, Gothic Revival;  Sedgwick & Hayes, 1897, with renovations by Purcell & Elmsie, 1912

Hennepin Avenue Methodist: Hewitt and Brown, 1916.  Stained glass, Charles Connick.

Christ Lutheran Church:  early modernist, Eliel Sarinen, 1949.  This was the last work done by the famed Finnish architect.  It was considered to be highly influential in the trend toward modern, brick, church design.

The above are just a small sampling of the vast array of interesting architecture in the Twin Cities.

See also these sections on architecture in Minneapolis and St. Paul.





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