158 S MILITARY RD | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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158 S MILITARY RD | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Church of Peace; Evangelical Frieden Kirche
Other Name:United Church of Christ
Reference Number:54683
Location (Address):158 S MILITARY RD
County:Fond du Lac
City:Fond du Lac
Unincorporated Community:
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Year Built:1870
Survey Date:1991
Historic Use:church
Architectural Style:Early Gothic Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
Additional Information:This church building is constructed of red brick and has a front-gable form. The steeply-pitched gable roof is interrupted by a tall, square tower decorated with buttresses, battlements, and pinnacles. Buttresses and shallow pilasters decorate the main walls and corners of the church as well. Openings are gothic arches, most filled with stained glass. The building is also decorated with stone accents and brick corbelling.

The gothic arches, square tower, buttresses, and pinnacles are all common elements of the style. They are well-executed in this building that is typical of the style as seen in a simple nineteenth century Wisconsin church.

This church began as a German ethnic church known as the Evangelical Friedens Kirche, organized in 1869. This church building was completed in 1870. Later, the church was known as the Peace Lutheran Church. Today it is the United Church of Christ.

This church is histroically significant for its association with German immigrants. German immigrants commonly established their own German-language churches in Wisconsin. Later, those churches become Americanized as more and more members are later generations. Ethnic institutions are significant in Wisconsin and this church congregation is significant as well.
Bibliographic References:(A) Fond du Lac City Directories. (B) Sanborn-Perris Maps - Fond du Lac. (C) Fond du Lac Tax Rolls. (D) Carol Cartwright, City of Fond du Lac Intensive Survey Report, Fond du Lac: City of Fond du Lac, 1992.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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