You are here

Moravian Church

-A A +A
1904, Frank Lindsay. 510 Cole St.

The Moravian Church, or “Unitas Fratrum,” is one of the oldest Protestant bodies in the world. It was historically an ascetic movement whose adherents lived a disciplined communal life. In the mid-seventeenth century, church members fled persecution in Moravia and found refuge in America. The church became known for its missionary activities among Native Americans. In Wisconsin, Moravians established enclaves in Watertown, Wisconsin Rapids, Green Bay, and Ephraim. Most of the Moravians who settled Watertown in the 1850s were ethnic Germans.

When, in 1906, the Watertown Moravians needed a larger church, they engaged local architect Lindsay to design this cream brick Gothic Revival edifice. The three-stage corner tower has a pointed-arched entrance, which leads the eye upward to emphatic pinnacles and finials. The overall sense of verticality repeats on the other side of the nave, where prominent finials surmount a two-story tower.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


What's Nearby


Marsha Weisiger et al., "Moravian Church", [Watertown, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 245-246.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.