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Ryssby Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church

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1882, L. P. Kimmons, builder; Charles Olson, stonemason. North of Boulder approximately 5.5 miles on U.S. 36, then east on Nelson Rd. approximately 4 miles, then south on 63rd St. (NR)

On a 3-acre hilltop in open farmland sits a tiny church of random-coursed tan sandstone. It has a square narthex and smaller wooden tower protruding from the west gable end that replaced a larger stone tower destroyed by lightning in 1914. Lancet arches top all openings, creating a Gothic vernacular spirit. Swedish immigrants, who named this now-dispersed agricultural colony for their hometown, are memorialized on the gravestones behind the church.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Ryssby Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church", [Longmont, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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