Sunday, June 12, 2016

                                                                           June 12, 2016

3200 South Herman St.

St. Lukes Episcopal Church
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Church Bell

"The Church now known as St. Luke’s Episcopal Church was erected by six Englishmen who came to Milwaukee from Stratford, England, about 1870. These men, having been hired along with others to work in the steel mills located on Lake Michigan, decided to build a church in what would become the Bay View area or Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"After a series of meetings in would-be parishioners’ homes, the Episcopal Diocese helped this group to purchase land and build a small wooden church on the corner of Russell and Clement Avenue. The Church opened as a “mission church” at that site in 1873.

Communion Window

"After many years, in 1928, Father G. White brought the mission church to Parish status, making St. Luke’s Episcopal Church an independent venture. At that point, the Church was already well-known in the Bay View community. Local groups were already using it as their meeting places on a regular basis. Outreach programs, church bazaars, and a vibrant Sunday School program made St. Luke’s a popular institution in the neighborhood.

"Between 1951 and 1955, the current church building was constructed at the corner of Herman Street and Euclid in Milwaukee, not far from the original site. In 1963, the youth building was added to the Church to fill the block between Euclid and Clement Avenue." (Link 1.)  

The church on Oklahoma Ave and Herman Street, across the street from Lakeside Bakery is the one I remember as a child in the 1950's. (Link 1.)

Top Photo: Taken in 2006 by SW.
Lower Photos: From Facebook Page
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