Due to a reported case of the Coronavirus in Olmsted County, we are suspending all events at the Spirituality Center until further notice. We are doing so as a precaution, in respect for the residents and staff at Assisi Heights. Thank you for your understanding. Please check back often, as the situation may change.
Architectural History of Our First Motherhouse on Center Street
May 18, 9:00am-10:30am
Beginning in 1877, the old academy and ‘Motherhouse’ on West Center Street, known as Academy of Our Lady of Lourdes, grew to occupy a full city block. Eventually, the Franciscan Sisters required more space. A new facility, called Assisi Heights, opened in 1955. This lecture will explore in detail the evolution and growth of this lost building, so important in the history of our city.
Ken Allsen is an architectural historian residing in Rochester. He teaches regularly for the RCTC LIFE Program and is the author of five books about architectural history in our region. He is a volunteer private detective who can be found searching the crannies of the Olmsted County History Center and in the archives at Assisi Heights and Mayo Clinic.