Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Saint Paul's in 2012
|Location||1126 S. Barr St., Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|Architect||Wing & Mahurin|
|NRHP reference #||82000058|
|Added to NRHP||March 1, 1982|
Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) located at the intersection of Barr and Madison Streets in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Founded in 1837, it is the second oldest Lutheran church in Indiana and the oldest in the northern part of the state. Thanks largely to its size and to the leadership of its pastors, it has long played a prominent role in Indiana Lutheranism and in the Missouri Synod as a whole.
The congregation's first sanctuary was constructed in 1839, built on the site of the present sanctuary. The congregation constructed a second, wood frame church in 1847, building an addition to this structure in 1862. The present church was first completed and dedicated in 1889, but a 1903 fire forced a near-complete rebuild of the structure.
St. Paul's belongs to the Indiana District of the LCMS.
Ever since this first simple edifice was built, the congregation has maintained a house of worship on this spot, evermore enlarging its facilities to meet the demands of the growing membership. Thus, a second church building was provided in 1847, which building, however, soon became inadequate, making an addition necessary in 1862. Though two daughter congregations branched off to form new parishes during the next two decades, it again became necessary to provide more ample facilities."
It was designed by the architectural firm of Wing & Mahurin and is a High Victorian Gothic style church built in 1889. On September 15, 1889, a large church was erected. On December 3, 1903, there was a fire that left it in ruins. They began building it back up again, and in April 1905, they had gotten it back to its former glory. During the late 1940s it underwent renovation. Then it had modern improvements and enhancements as time went on. This grand church still exists today, along with the elementary school that accompanies it.
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