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St. Martinís Evangelical Lutheran Church

 
 
St. Martinís Evangelical Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
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 to new facilities at 606 West 15th Street.
 
Erected 1979 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15486.)
 
Location.
St. Martinís Evangelical Lutheran Church Marker (<i>wide view; Texas Capitol in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 5, 2013
2. St. Martinís Evangelical Lutheran Church Marker (wide view; Texas Capitol in background)
30° 16.536′ N, 97° 44.359′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Congress Ave and E 14th St., on the right. Touch for map. In northeast corner of capitol grounds just west of where E. 14th St. ends. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1928 Granite Water Fountain (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Statue of Liberty Replica (about 400 feet away); Cisterns (about 500 feet away); Hoodís Texas Brigade Monument (about 600 feet away); Texas and the Civil War (about 600 feet away); Swedish Central Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); The Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building (about 600 feet away); Artesian Well and East Drinking Fountain (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Categories. Churches & Religion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 676 times since then and 45 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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