Immanuel Lutheran Church (Valparaiso, Indiana)

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Immanuel Lutheran Church
Heritage Lutheran (1891) (Washington).jpg
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Valparaiso, Indiana) is located in Indiana
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Valparaiso, Indiana)
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Valparaiso, Indiana) is located in the US
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Valparaiso, Indiana)
Location 308 N. Washington St., Valparaiso, Indiana
Coordinates 41°28′16″N 87°3′38″W / 41.47111°N 87.06056°W / 41.47111; -87.06056Coordinates: 41°28′16″N 87°3′38″W / 41.47111°N 87.06056°W / 41.47111; -87.06056
Built 1891
Architect Riedel, J. M. F.
Architectural style Gothic, Victorian Gothic
NRHP reference # 82000028[1]
Added to NRHP February 19, 1982

The congregation of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, Indiana was founded in 1862 by 45 German families.[2] The church building was erected in 1891 by Henry Lemster and his son Charles. A fire gutted the building in 1975, marks of which can still be seen on the altar and pews. The Immanuel Lutheran congregation moved to a new site on Glendale Boulevard, while 60 members formed a new congregation named Heritage Lutheran Church and restored the historic building.[3][4]

An undated old photo shows a taller steeple and a two-story parsonage adjacent to the parish hall, which is no longer extant.[5] A photo from the courthouse tower northward, c. 1900, shows the taller steeple on the church.[6]

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]

Historic Districts and Structures[edit]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Porter County Interim Report, p. 51.
  3. ^ Neeley, p. 52.
  4. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-06-01.  Note: This includes Bertha Stalbaum (1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Immanuel Lutheran Church" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-06-01.  and Accompanying photographs.
  5. ^ Neely, p. 77.
  6. ^ Neeley, p. 77.


  • Mullins, Lanette (2002). Images of America; Valparaiso – Looking Back, Moving Forward. Chicago, Illinois: Arcadia Publishing. 
  • Neeley, George E. (1989). City of Valparaiso, A Pictorial History. St. Louis, Missouri: G. Bradley Publishing, Inc. 
  • Porter County Interim Report, Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory. Indianapolis, Indiana: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana;. July 1991. 

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