Luther Place Memorial Church (and Luther Statue)

With its statue of Martin Luther, Luther Place is a distinctive Gothic Revival church and a notable example of post-Civil War architecture.

Architect Judson York created the original design for the current Luther Place Church, but after his plans were deemed too expensive, architects John C. Harkness and Henry S. Davis took over. The Church features a triangular form, robust massing with a large octagonal tower facing the circle, smaller side towers, and buttressed facades of quarry-faced red sandstone. Inside is a fan-shaped auditorium with wooden ceiling arches, cast iron columns, Gothic tracery, and stained glass.

The Church was built between 1870 and 1873 for the Memorial Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Church was dedicated in 1874, and the towers were completed in the early 1880s. A bronze statue of Martin Luther was erected in 1884. After a 1904 fire, the Church underwent repairs and subsequent interior alterations. The construction of a parish house followed in 1951, using the designs of architect Luther M. Leisenring.

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964
National Register: July 16, 1973

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1226 Vermont Avenue, NW, at Thomas Circle