An Italian missionary who designs his own churches
St. Augustine Church
St. Augustine Church is one of at least 20 church buildings in the upper Mississippi River valley designed and erected under the supervision of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, a Dominican missionary and amateur architect. Mazzuchelli was born in Milan, Italy in 1806 and came to the United States at age 22. His original missionary work focused on the Green Bay area, but in 1835 he transferred his efforts to the lead mining areas of the Upper Midwest. In Wisconsin he founded congregations in Prairie du Chien, Potosi, Schullsburg, and New Diggings. Mazzuchelli's memoirs are available elsewhere on Turning Points.