Immigrants from Ukraine, specifically from Galicia, who began to arrive immediately prior to World War I retained strong national ties to their Ukrainian heritage and were not welcomed into the existing Roman Catholic churches. As a result, at first they associated with other East Slavs worshipping in St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church. However, being Catholic they wanted to worship in a national church using the Byzantine or Uniate rite. With that in mind a congregation was organized in 1912 and in 1913 an architect, Victor Cordello, was hired to design a church to be built at 6th Street and University Ave. NE. The church veneered with brick had twin towers and four pillars framing its central entrance. It was replaced in 1964 by a large central-domed Byzantine-style structure.