German immigrants, attracted by the area’s fertile soil, began arriving in the Middleton area in 1846 and soon became the dominant ethnic group. This handsome church, with its adjacent cemetery, is the only remaining public building in Middleton that is associated with its German heritage. By 1866, the original log church could no longer accommodate the growing congregation, so the members arranged for the construction of a frame Greek Revival church. Nineteen years later the congregation enlarged the building, and the builder redesigned much of the church’s exterior in a simple yet striking interpretation of Gothic Revival. He incorporated pointed-arched windows, along with a steeple embellished by a pointed-arched belfry, curved Gothic tracery, a bracketed cornice, and an octagonal spire. Inside, lancet arches and gilded pinnacles on the altar and the organ pipe screen continue the Gothic theme.
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German Lutheran Church of Middleton (First Lutheran Church)
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