A Precious Gem in Perham, MN

Our History

Perham Center for the Arts is located in the historic St. Stanislaus Church building built in 1922 in Perham, Minnesota. The building was designed by architect, Victor Cordella, who was born in 1872 in Krakow, Poland. He came to the United States in 1893 and designed 12 Minnesota churches, working across faiths and nationalities. St. Stanislaus was once hailed by the local newspaper as “a superstructure” and “the most magnificent building from Crookston to Little Falls.”

St. Stanislaus Church was erected by a company from St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Polish Catholics worked tirelessly to care for the building over the years, but sadly, the decision was made to close St. Stanislaus in 2009. Then another difficult decision-what to do with the building.

A motivated group of people came together proposing to find a new use for the building. Recognizing that an arts center would add a new and added dimension to the community, the group found its purpose and a new use for the building. The Perham Center for the Arts was created on July 28, 2011. The St. Stanislaus parishioners donated the land and church building to the Perham Center for the Arts and for that we are thankful.

Over the years, many events have taken place at the Center including festivals, classes, weddings, and more.

This magnificent building still has the original stained-glass windows, copper steeple and amazing architecture.

Please contact The Perham Center for the Arts for information on renting for your special occasion.