Church of St. John the Baptist (Catholic)

Church of St. John the Baptist (Catholic)

Church of St. John the Baptist from the southwest
Location 309 S. 3rd Ave.
Virginia, Minnesota
Coordinates 47°31′15″N 92°32′09″W / 47.520744°N 92.535921°W / 47.520744; -92.535921Coordinates: 47°31′15″N 92°32′09″W / 47.520744°N 92.535921°W / 47.520744; -92.535921
Area less than one acre
Built 1924 (1924)
NRHP Reference # 80004362[1]
Added to NRHP August 27, 1980

Church of St. John the Baptist (Catholic) (Old Polish Church;Holy Spirit West Chapel) is a historic church at 309 S. 3rd Avenue in Virginia, Minnesota, United States. It was built in 1924 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]


The church was built in 1924, and became the center of religious and social life for the Polish immigrants in the city of Virginia. It was consecrated by the first Polish bishop in the United States, Paul Peter Rhode. The church was also used by nonreligious Polish organizations, including the Polish National Alliance.[2]

The building is now known as the "Holy Spirit Church", part of the Catholic Parishes of Virginia and Mt. Iron.[2][3]


The red brick structure contains Gothic elements, with 6 arched windows on each of the sides and arched windows flanking the main entrance. The steeple above the main entrance has Jacobean styling.[2]


  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. 1 2 3 Charles Skrief (September 10, 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Old Polish Church" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved December 30, 2015. Accompanying two photos.
  3. "". Catholic Parish of Virginia & Mt. Iron. Retrieved December 31, 2015. External link in |title= (help)

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