Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

1046 N. 9th St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Overview Looking Northeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2014




Trinity is the mother church or Lutheranism in Milwaukee, its congregation having been organized in 1847. The fabric is a beautifully preserved example of Victorian Gothic design, and the woodwork on the interior is without question the most handsome in a Milwaukee church. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 8, 1979
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
1878; 1880


19th Century (37,859)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1878 (328)
Built during 1870s (5,025)
Church (5,712)
Cream City Brick (18)
Frederick Velguth (3)
Gothic (1,440)
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin (325)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (163)
Place of worship (6,079)
Private owner (54,398)
Sandstone (4,861)
Slate (5,715)
Victorian (19,698)
Wisconsin (2,626)

Update Log 

  • June 15, 2018: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • September 28, 2014: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 9, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos



Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Posted August 9, 2018, by Anonymous
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Posted August 9, 2018, by Corey Coyle (coreycoyle [at] gmail)

A Fire on May 15, 2018 caused major damage to the structure, including the collapse of the entire roof and the shorter southern steeple. In early July 2018 the congregation said they would rebuild the church using the Walls of the Church.