Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Statue of Bishop Loras

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Institution Name: Loras College
Original/Historic Place Name: Statue of Bishop Loras
Location on Campus: 1450 Alta Vista
Date(s) of Construction:
1939original construction Miserendino, Vincenzo
Designer: Vincenzo Miserendino
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1939-present (2006)memorial site (statue)

Bishop Loras was the first Bishop of Dubuque and the founder of Loras College. A statue of the Bishop was erected in honor of the college's 100th Anniversary in 1939, the same year the name of the college was changed from Columbia College to Loras College. The bronze statue stands beside Keane Hall, overlooking Dubuque. The college chose Vincenzo Miserendino, an Italian-American from New York, to create the sculpture. Miserendino sculpted the figure's hands in a permanent stance of blessing the city, which many claim has saved the city from disastrous tornados and floods. Bishop Loras' likeness stands 10.5 feet tall and is mounted on a native limestone base embedded 8.5 feet. The patina of the bronze statue shows its age but is still in good condition. It is one of the landmarks of the oldest college in Iowa.


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