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Salem Lutheran Church

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1796; c. 1890 renovated. N. 8th and Willow sts.
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)

This, the community's first church, was a log building begun, according to its cornerstone, on June 8, 1796, and completed the following year. Renovations at the end of the nineteenth century kept it in line with its sister congregations in Millbach and Schaefferstown and mark the type of connective network among Germans that paralleled the buildings of the Society of Friends. The church's location underscored the importance of 8th Street as Lebanon's principal avenue. The adjacent Richardsonian chapel by Roby and Richter of Reading, with its massive pyramidal-roofed crossing tower, is based on the extensively published, contemporary Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Salem Lutheran Church", [Lebanon, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 336-336.

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