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St. Luke's Episcopal Church
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Location 111-113 Whalley Ave., New Haven, Connecticut
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Architect Brown and von Beren
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
NRHP reference No. 03001170
Added to NRHP November 21, 2003

St. Luke's Episcopal Church is a historic church at 111-113 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Built in 1905 for a congregation founded in 1844, it is a good example of late Gothic Revival architecture, and is further notable as the second church in the city established as an African-American congregation. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Architecture and history

St. Luke's Episcopal Church is located northwest of the New Haven Green, at the corner of Whalley Avenue and Sperry Street in the city's Dixwell neighborhood. It is a single-story masonry structure, built out of red bricks with Indiana sandstone trim. It is L-shaped in plan, with the main sanctuary oriented with its long axis perpendicular to Whalley Avenue, covered by a gabled roof. The sides are buttressed, as is the tower that projects at the center of the front facade. A hyphen connects the sanctuary to a 20th-century addition fronting Sperry Avenue to the rear right side. The main entrance is at the center of the tower, set in a round-arch opening, above which is a small ornately surrounded stained glass window.

The congregation of St. Luke's has its origin in one established in 1844, when the African-American membership of the city's Trinity Church on the Green separated to organize it. At first they met in a chapel owned by Trinity, and then they purchased the building of an African-American Baptist congregation in 1852. They began a building drive in 1894 to raise funds for construction of this building, which was completed in 1905. It was designed by the local firm of Brown and von Beren, who did extensive work in the city in the early decades of the 20th century; it is one of a small number of churches designed by that firm.


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