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St. Martinís Evangelical Lutheran Church

 
 
St. Martinís Evangelical Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, September 3, 2007
1. St. Martinís Evangelical Lutheran Church Marker
Inscription.  

This property, once situated just outside Capitol Square at 106 East Peach Street (Later 13th), was the original location of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church (“Die Deutsche Evangelish Lutherische Kirche”). Pastor Henry Merz (1842-1928), a missionary for the first Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Texas, organized the congregation in 1883 with 20 German families. They worshiped first in homes or stores and later borrowed the facilities of the First Presbyterian and Gethsemane Lutheran Churches. The congregation acquired this lot in 1884. The cornerstone for the first church building was laid on December 21, 1884, and the new structure was dedicated with formal ceremonies on April 26, 1885. Designed in a modified Gothic style, the brick church building measured 36 feet by 58 feet and had a truncated bell tower.

In 1929 St. Martinís congregation erected a more spacious sanctuary at 1400 Congress, and the original church building was converted into state offices. In 1959, as the Capitol complex expanded, both churches were razed and 13th Street was closed to make way for state office buildings. St. Martinís moved
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Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15486.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1790.
 
Location. 30° 16.536′ N, 97° 44.359′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. It is in Downtown Austin. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Congress Avenue and East 14th Street, on the right. The marker is on the northeast corner of the Capitol grounds, just west of where E. 14th Street ends. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Texas Legislatures (within shouting distance of this marker); Disabled American Veterans of Texas Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); North Pedestrian Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); 1928 Granite Water Fountain (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Remember Pearl Harbor ★ Keep America Alert (about 400 feet away); Texas World War I Memorial (about 400 feet away); Tyler Rose (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
St. Martinís Evangelical Lutheran Church Marker (<i>wide view; Texas Capitol in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 5, 2013
2. St. Martinís Evangelical Lutheran Church Marker (wide view; Texas Capitol in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 911 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 17, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on January 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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