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St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church

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1924, Alfred C. Finn. 305 E. 3rd St.

German immigrants arrived in the county in the 1840s and a German Lutheran congregation was established in 1855 in the nearby Berlin community. The Brenham congregation was organized in 1890 and worshiped at the Presbyterian church until their own sanctuary was completed a year later. The Storm of 1900 that struck Galveston and the Texas Gulf Coast destroyed the church. A subsequent church was then replaced by this one as the congregation expanded. This church fuses traditional and modernist forms and its flat facade is pierced with monumental, vertical, oval-shaped stained glass windows capped with recessed Gothic arches and capped with a hipped roof. Services were conducted exclusively in German until 1902.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church", [Brenham, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 80-80.

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