St. John's Lutheran Church

121 S. Locust St., Adrian, Michigan


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A Michigan Historical Marker here reads:

The Reverend William Hatterstaedt helped organize St. John's Lutheran Church in 1847. Until their first church was completed in 1849, the original congregation, fourteen German families met in a church that belonged to the Episcopalians. Services were held every three or four weeks until 1850, when the Reverend Phillip J. Trautman was installed as the first full-time pastor. On July 1, 1861, the congregation laid the cornerstone for the present church. The structure was dedicated on June 29, 1862. It was enlarged in 1896. The handsome stained glass windows depicting Bible stories were installed in 1914. Since its organization, St. John's Lutheran Church, the mother church of the denomination in Adrian, has held continuous services.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 27, 1984
Reference number
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 year


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Adrian, Michigan (11)
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Built 1861 (224)
Built during 1860s (3,773)
Church (5,712)
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Lenawee County, Michigan (54)
Michigan (1,953)
Place of worship (6,079)
Private owner (54,398)