St. Luke's Lutheran Church (New York City)
St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Facade elevation and interior view of nave toward sanctuary (photographed in February 2011)
|Location:||308 W. 46th St., New York City, New York|
|Area:||less than one acre|
|Built:||1922-1923 (for church);
1922 (for parish house)
|Architect:||Edward L. Tilton of Tilton & Githens;
Francis Xavier Zettler (for 1923 facade);
"Keally" of 141 East 45th Street (for 1922 parish house)
|Architectural style:||Neo-Perpendicular with Art Moderne detailing (Late Gothic Revival)|
|Added to NRHP:||June 01, 2007|
St. Luke's Lutheran Church, also known as The German Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Saint Luke's and St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, is a historic Lutheran church located on "restaurant row" at 308 West 46th Street near Times Square, in Hell's Kitchen / Clinton, Manhattan, New York City, New York.
St. Luke's was founded as a Dutch Reformed congregation in 1850, first meeting in rented rooms on the third floor of a building on 35th Street and 9th Avenue. It reorganized as a Lutheran congregation in 1853.
The church moved several times, acquiring its first owned building, a former Baptist church on 43rd Street, in 1863. It moved in 1875 to 233 West 42nd Street, into the former Forty-second Street Presbyterian Church. Finally, the congregation acquired property at West 46th Street to build its current church. The cornerstone was laid in October 1922 and the church dedicated in September 1923.
The church was built 1922 to designs of Edward L. Tilton of Tilton & Githens. "The nave facade is virtually all window, designed by Francis Xavier Zettler." The building was completed in 1923. The architecture has been described as happy a marriage between Gothic and Deco. A four-storey parish house at 308-316 West 46th Street was built 1922 to designs by an architect named "Keally" of 141 East 45th Street at cost of $150,000. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- David W. Dunlap, From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.) p. 223.
- Office for Metropolitan History, "Manhattan NB Database 1900-1986," (Accessed 25 Dec 2010).
- "A Brief History of Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church", StLukesNYC.org, retrieved 2010-02-16
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