Zion Lutheran Church

Zion Lutheran Church (HM15F)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21202
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.481', W 76° 36.604'

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Founded in 1755, Zion Church is the oldest Lutheran congregation in Maryland. German Lutherans began settling in Baltimore Town shortly after it was laid out in 1730. Relying on itinerant preachers from Pennsylvania, the small struggling community worshipped in private homes until 1762. In that year they built their first church on a hill one block north of here.

In 1807-08 George Rohrback and Johann Mackenheimer, both members of the congregation designed the present church facing Gay Street. The adjoining parish hall and tower, added in 1912-13, were designed by T. W. Pietsch.

The eminent scholar Henry Scheib, sixth pastor of Zion Church, founder "Scheib's School" in 1836. For decades, the bilingual school was a landmark in liberal education, attended by children of different faiths. Zion's many traditions include a language school, a weekly service in German and the hospitable practice of opening the garden at midday for those who seek a quiet lunchtime retreat.

Inside the church there is a 15,000 volume library of German theological works and a collection of Victorian and Art Nouveau stained glass windows. The two represented below depict the diverse contributions of the German inhabitants of Baltimore ranging from shipping to singing.
HM NumberHM15F
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Baltimore City Historical Markers series
Historical Period18th Century, 19th Century
Historical PlaceChurch/House of Worship
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Placed ByThe City of Baltimore, Zion Lutheran Church, sponsor, Baltimore Heritage, sponsor, William Donald Schaefer, mayor
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 6:47am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] SEPTEMBERSPARROW1666  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361151 N 4350344
Decimal Degrees39.29135000, -76.61006667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.481', W 76° 36.604'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 28.8600" N, 76° 36' 36.2400" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301, 410, 443
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400 E Lexington St, Baltimore MD 21202, US
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