Zion Lutheran Church (Fredericksburg, Texas)

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Zion Lutheran Church
Zion Lutheran Church.jpg
Location424 W. Main Street
Fredericksburg, Texas
CountryUnited States
DenominationLutheran
WebsiteZion Lutheran Church Fredericksburg Texas
History
Founded1852
Specifications
MaterialsNative Limestone

Zion Lutheran Church is located in Fredericksburg, in Gillespie County, in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the oldest Lutheran Church in the Texas Hill Country and one of the oldest in Texas. The church was built by six families in 1852. On January 13, 1853, twelve founders signed its articles of organization. The cornerstones for the church were set on March 6, 1854. Designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1964, Marker number 10132.[1]

Architecture[edit]

Members of the young congregation provided most of the building materials as well as the labor. In 1884, improvements were made to the building.[2] On June 12, 1908, an enlarged sanctuary was dedicated. Additions to the original 1853 structure included the bell tower and a new chancel. The cruciform and the baptistry were designed by Adolph Wehmeyer. The church contains a Thorwaldsen statue of Jesus Christ, which dominates the chancel, having also been unveiled in 1908. In 1953, under pastor G.W. Sager, an annex for Sunday school and a fellowship hall were constructed adjacent to the sanctuary. The church was most recently renovated in 1959,[2] with the adding of air conditioning, lowering and enlarging the balcony, the installation of new pews, the replacement of the stained glass windows, and the rebuilding and enlargement of the pipe organ. In 1963, the church installed three bronze bells to call people to worship, having replaced the previous single cast iron bell.[3][4]

Windows[edit]

The nave windows of Zion Lutheran Church have special meanings:

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "RTHL Zion Lutheran FBG". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b Hafertepe 2015, pp. 107–109
  3. ^ Kohout, Martin Donell. "Fredericksburg, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  4. ^ Brochure, Zion Lutheran Church, 426 West Main St.l, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
  5. ^ Brochure on church symbols, Zion Lutheran Church, Fredericksburg, Texas

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Zion Lutheran Church Fredericksburg Texas Coordinates: 30°16′45″N 98°52′40″W / 30.27917°N 98.87778°W / 30.27917; -98.87778