St. John's-St. Luke's Evangelical Church

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St. John's-St. Luke's Evangelical Church
Location 2120 Russell Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′36″N 83°2′17″W / 42.34333°N 83.03806°W / 42.34333; -83.03806Coordinates: 42°20′36″N 83°2′17″W / 42.34333°N 83.03806°W / 42.34333; -83.03806
Built 1872
Architect Julius Hess et al.
Architectural style Late Victorian, Gothic Revival, Romanesque Revival
NRHP Reference # 82002907[1]
Added to NRHP April 22, 1982

St. John's-St. Luke's Evangelical Church is a congregation of the United Church of Christ located at 2120 Russell Street in Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]


St. John's is the oldest German Protestant church in Detroit, founded in 1833 by Rev. Friedrich Schmid, who had been sent to America by the Evangelical Mission Society of Basel, Switzerland. The first worship service took place August 18th, 1833 in the carpenter shop of John Hais. Pastor Schmid served the congregation until July 1836. German was the language used exclusively in the worship service until 1938. St. John's was the base from which twelve other German Protestant churches in the city were formed.[2] St. Luke Evangelical church was organized in 1891. St. John's and St. Luke's merged in 1969.


The church was originally constructed in 1874, and was designed by architect Julius Hess.[2] The façade features a large tower on one side and a smaller tower on the other, flanking the entranceway.[2] A large lancet window dominates the façade and a gabled vestibule fronts the gabled entrance. The exterior has been extensively altered from its original appearance. The structure of the church is brick, but in 1915 the exterior was completely covered in Formstone, a cast concrete made to resemble limestone.[2]

The interior of the church is High Victorian Gothic in design, painted white and gold with elaborate Gothic woodwork.[2] The lighting system is historically significant, and the church features a Votteler organ.[2]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Saint John's-Saint Luke's Evangelical Church from the state of Michigan.