Immanuel Lutheran Church, The Greater Ville

I took a closer look at the old Immanuel Evangelisch Lutheran Church, which sits at the corner of Marcus and Lexington.

The beautiful front portal features Christ in a mandorla, an almond-shaped Medieval icon, with two angels kneeling on either side with the Greek letters alpha and omega, referencing the book of Revelation. In English, the phrase, “All Glory to God” flanks the entrance.


The cornerstone is interesting, as it has a Latin phrase, “AD GLORIAM DEI” written on it, which I would expect on a Roman Catholic church, not a Lutheran one, which focuses on the vernacular. The phrase means “To the glory of God,” which I also find interesting because it uses three of the four words of the motto of the Catholic Jesuits, “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,” which means, “To the greater glory of God.” The original location of the church, the second oldest Lutheran congregation in St. Louis as an offshoot of Trinity Lutheran, was down on 11th Street. It moved here in 1927.

The architecture firm was the prominent trio of Hoener, Baum and Froese.

One Comment

  1. In addition to the Book of Revelations, Jesus refers to himself as “the beginning and the end,” so it can be just one more identifier.

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