Gethsemane Lutheran Church

1510 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas


Historic American Buildings Survey, W. Eugene George, Jr., Photographer June, 1961 EAST ELEVATION.

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey



Swedish immigrants to Texas were inaugurated by Swante Magnus Swenson when he arrived in the Republic of Texas during 1838. Inspiring other groups from his native Smaland. He caused the local Swedish communities to grow greatly in size. However, most of these immigrants were absorbed by church congregations other than their native Swedish church. Following a large wave of immigration from Jonkoping to Texas in 1867, it was decided to establish a Swedish congregation. On December 12, 1868, the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Gethsemane Church was duly organized - with Swante Palm as the first secretary. This was the first Swedish Lutheran Church in Texas... -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 25, 1970
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Gothic
Areas of significance
Architecture; Religion
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Period of significance
Significant years
1882; 1883

Update Log 

  • June 22, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER