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Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society placed the Luther Memorial Church (Madison, Dane County) on the State Register of Historic Places.
Luther Memorial Church is one of the finest examples of Neo-Gothic Revival style architecture in the entire city of Madison. As well, its architectural design is a product of the renowned and prolific architectural firm, Claude & Starck. The addition by Madison architect Reginald Stehr, is an excellent example of modern design which interprets the Neo-Gothic style of the church utilizing the Gothic vocabulary in a complimentary, yet restrained, manner. Neo-Gothic Revival characteristics exhibited on Luther Memorial Church include its steeply-pitched roof, projecting bays with parapeted gables, buttresses, pointed-arch openings with tracery, and prominent square tower exhibiting crenellation, finials, and tracery. As well, unlike many Neo-Gothic Revival style churches that exhibit a more horizontal form of Gothic architecture, Luther Memorial Church’s verticality is pronounced as seen with its primary façade stained glass window, and soaring tower.
The State Register is Wisconsin’s official list of state properties determined to be significant to Wisconsin’s heritage. The State Historic Preservation Office at the Wisconsin Historical Society administers both the State Register and National Register in Wisconsin.
To learn more about the State and National Register programs in Wisconsin, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org.
About Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people every year through a wide range of sites, programs and services. For more information, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org.