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Saint Olaf Lutheran Church, “The Rock Church”

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1886, Andrew Michelson; 2010 restored. 2680 County Rd. 4145, 3.6 miles east of Cranfills Gap

Architect Michelson and his brothers, Christian and Ole, built the church for the Norwegian settlers in the area as a satellite of Our Savior’s Church (GH13). The simple, rectangular church features a wooden tower above its gabled front that rises from a square base with louvered openings (bell installed in 1897) and an eight-sided spire. The stonework of rough-cut rectangular blocks is of fine quality, with dressed quoins and window arches. A new church by George Burnett was built in 1917 in Cranfill’s Gap at 402 Meridian Street, but this church is still used for special services.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Saint Olaf Lutheran Church, “The Rock Church”", [Cranfills Gap, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 262-262.

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