St. Luke's United Methodist Church (Dubuque, Iowa)

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St. Luke's Methodist Episcopal Church
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St. Luke's United Methodist Church (Dubuque, Iowa) is located in Iowa
St. Luke's United Methodist Church (Dubuque, Iowa)
Location 1199 Main St.
Dubuque, Iowa
Coordinates 42°30′14.4″N 90°40′8.4″W / 42.504000°N 90.669000°W / 42.504000; -90.669000Coordinates: 42°30′14.4″N 90°40′8.4″W / 42.504000°N 90.669000°W / 42.504000; -90.669000
Governing body St. Luke's United Methodist Church
NRHP Reference # 98000387[1]
Added to NRHP April 23, 1998

St. Luke's United Methodist Church is an historic church located at 1199 Main Street in Dubuque, Iowa. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 23, 1998. It is part of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church.

National Register listing[edit]

  • St. Luke's Methodist Episcopal Church
  • (added 1998 - Building - #98000387)
  • Also known as St. Luke's Methodist;St. Luke's United Methodist
  • 1199 Main St., Dubuque
  • Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
  • Architect, builder, or engineer: Tiffany Glass and Decorating Co., Kramer, George W.
  • Architectural Style: Romanesque
  • Area of Significance: Art, Architecture
  • Period of Significance: 1875-1899
  • Owner: Private
  • Historic Function: Religion
  • Historic Sub-function: Church Related Residence, Religious Structure
  • Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Religion
  • Current Sub-function: Professional, Religious Structure


Window in the church

The church can trace its origins back to the founding of the city of Dubuque, when Methodist Ministers arrived in the city and began work with the miners in the city.

The present church was built in 1896, and the congregation began worshiping in the building in 1897. The church is noted for the collection of Tiffany Stained glass windows. It has been called "one of the five finest Religious Tiffany collections in the world." The Angel in the window of the Angel among the Lilies is rumored to bear the likeness of the young deceased daughter of the people who had sponsored that particular window.

The pipe organ in the church is also of historic interest. When the Farand and Votey organ was purchased, two train cars were required to bring the parts to Dubuque. Because the train could not get across the river, barges than were used to float the parts over so that they could be installed in the church. The organ has about 1,000 pipes. At the time of installation, it was one of the largest organs in the area, however over the years it has been eclipsed by others. The pipe organ contains 36 ranks or pipes, about 2,200 total and was restored in 1992 by the Fowler Organ Company, Lansing, Mi.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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