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Saint Luke's United Methodist Church

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1896–1897, George W. Kramer. 1199 Main St.

The present church building represents the fourth Methodist church built in Dubuque; the first was of logs, the second was a Greek Revival design (1839), the third was Gothic Revival (1853), and the 1896–1897 church is Richardsonian Romanesque. Kramer enjoyed a national reputation as a designer of churches; his preferred images ranged from the Italian Romanesque to the French Gothic. In this church, Kramer utilized the Richardsonian Romanesque but simplified it and added across the face of the building an entrance loggia with an Italian flavor. The sanctuary space within is decidedly horizontal, reinforced by a segmental hooped ceiling. The ceiling, sheathed in sawn quarter oak in 1916, adds a low-key, mellow quality. The windows of the church are indeed its crowning glory. They were produced by the Tiffany studio and are of Favrile glass. The Good Shepherd window was exhibited by Tiffany at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, and was later purchased and installed in the church. Also from the Tiffany studios are the chandeliers and the brass altar railings.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Saint Luke's United Methodist Church", [Dubuque, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 87-87.

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