Old St. Matthew’s German Evangelisch Church


St. Matthew’s is just one of many closed German Lutheran churches left scattered around the city.


It’s a nice example of a German Gothic Hallkirche, where the buttresses are attached and there is no transept.


Look at those little flying buttresses in the tower.


Fascinatingly, the rectory is built into the roofline of the church, giving the impression at first glance that the residence is the transept of the building. The former Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Walnut Park has a similar design.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Thomas Maher says:

    This certainly appears to be in a fine condition, particularly the roof! The congregation must still care and the neighborhood must share their concern for such a beautiful building; no graffiti or scrapping – and no boarded up windows!

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      It’s actually out of business and my friend Jason Deem owns it. See my St. Louis Magazine article this week!

      1. Allison S. says:

        I enjoyed the article in St. Louis Magazine on the school. Just wish there were more pictures of the doors.

        1. Chris Naffziger says:

          Sorry, it was a rushed day and the doors were not photographing well.

  2. Alan CREEK says:

    It is a UCC church, not Lutheran.

    Love your posts!

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