St. Luke's Lutheran Church (Manhattan)

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St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
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(February 2011)
St. Luke's Lutheran Church (Manhattan) is located in New York City
St. Luke's Lutheran Church (Manhattan)
Location 308 W. 46th St.
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates: 40°45′35″N 73°59′19.5″W / 40.75972°N 73.988750°W / 40.75972; -73.988750
Built 1922-23[1]-1923 (for church);[2]
1922 (for parish house)[3]
Architect Edward L. Tilton[1] of Tilton & Githens;[2]
Francis Xavier Zettler (for 1923 facade);[2]
"Keally" of 141 East 45th Street (for 1922 parish house)[3]
Architectural style Neo-Perpendicular with Art Moderne detailing (Late Gothic Revival)
Governing body private
NRHP Reference # 07000483[1]
Added to NRHP June 1, 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 between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in the Theater District of Manhattan, New York City.


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.[4]

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.[2] 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.[4]

An independent congregation without synodic affiliation since 1880, St. Luke's joined the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1987.


The church was built in 1922-23 to the designs of Edward L. Tilton[1] of Tilton & Githens,[2] with the facade of the nave featuring windows designed by Francis Xavier Zettler.[2] The building was completed in 1923.[2] The architecture has been described as a happy marriage between the Gothic Revival and Art Deco styles.[2] A four-story parish house at 308-316 West 46th Street was built 1922 to designs by an architect named "Keally" of 141 East 45th Street at the cost of $150,000.[3]

The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Dunlap, David W. From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.) p. 223.
  3. ^ a b c Office for Metropolitan History, "Manhattan NB Database 1900-1986," (Accessed 25 Dec 2010).
  4. ^ a b "A Brief History of Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church",, retrieved 2010-02-16 

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