Mathias Wernernus & The Dickeyville Grotto

Year inducted: 2013
1873-1931

In 1920 Father Mathias Wernerus started building his first works in concrete and stone for the benefit of his parish.  He took his duties as caretaker of Holy Ghost Parish literally, as he built one shrine after another on the church property.  He viewed his efforts as a struggle to return his lost sheep to the fold.  Dickeyville Grotto is unique in its combination of religious and patriotic-themed areas.  The Grotto wraps around the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, a folk art progression that includes a small artificial cave, statue alcoves, arches and fountains. 

Works by Mathias Wernernus & The Dickeyville Grotto