The German congregation found a premier site just to the east of Penn Square, attesting to their dominance in the early town. Lancaster historian John Snyder attributes its design to local joiner Grosch, who appears to have used Robert Smith's St. Peter's Church in Philadelphia ( PH18) as the general model. Because St. Peter's had no spire, the later spire followed Christ Church's ( PH4) model. It was added by Philadelphia master builder Colladay, who in 1795 exhibited a “draft of the wood-work of a Steeple built at Lancaster” in the first American architectural exhibition sponsored by the Columbianum, an early Philadelphia venture in the support of the arts held in the upper gallery of Independence Hall. Although slightly Victorianized in the 1850s, the core of the church remains. The stumpy proportions and squashed keystone of the pedimented central door under the tower attest to its provincial designer.
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Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity
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