Grace Lutheran Church, Hartford (1951)

June 30th, 2013 Posted in Churches, Colonial Revival, Hartford

Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran Church, at 46 Woodland Street in Hartford, is the descendant of three Lutheran churches that once existed in the city. One was the German Lutheran Church of the Reformation, which was founded in 1880. It was first located on Market Street in the former St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, later to become St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church. The German Lutheran Church moved to a new building on Charter Oak Avenue in 1898. Another Lutheran church founded by German immigrants was the German Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church, established in 1894, which had its church building at the corner of Russ and Babcock Streets. In 1916, these two churches, both founded by German immigrants, merged, retaining the name of Trinity Lutheran Church. In 1906, St. Paul’s English Lutheran Church was established. For a time it used the German Lutheran Church on Charter Oak Avenue, but soon moved to its own church building at the corner of Park Street and Park Terrace. In 1943, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church also merged with Trinity Lutheran Church. The united church then took the new name of Grace Lutheran Church. Finding its church edifice at Russ and Babcock Streets to be too small for the enlarged membership, the church acquired land at the corner of Woodland and Niles Streets in 1945. Construction of a new church building was approved in 1948 and work began in 1950. The church was dedicated on January 14, 1951. It was designed by Bessell (Wesley S.) and Matz of New York.

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  2. By Antoinette Siegle on Nov 12, 2017

    My Great Uncle, Max P. Tillack died in Middletown on 26 February 1913. His wake was held at the “German Evangelical Lutheran Church” in Hartford, Connecticut and his burial was in Spring Grove Cemetery. I am wondering if your church has any records of that event or can you tell me where I might find same. Would there be any details re family members attending, his personal information, etc in your records?
    Please let me know. I am doing a family genealogy research and would love to find more info! Thanking you in advance, Toni Siegle

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