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Trinity Lutheran Church, built 1929. P01.350
The Niles Historical Newsletter dated March 2013.
The Niles Lutherans held church in various buildings before building
their own church. As early as 1902 they met in the old Town Hall,
which was located where the McKinley Memorial now stands.
They also met in the Old Central School
Building, but finally they acquired a small frame building in 1917.
That building was moved to Holford Street when the brick church
was built in 1929. Due to various events, the current congregation
was not organized until 1920 under the name Trinity Evangelical
Lutheran Church. In July 1928, construction on the present sanctuary
was begun. After World War II, the church membership increased rapidly.
Trinity Lutheran Church with 1962 addition. P01.352
the congregation worships in the imposing structure at 56 North
Chestnut Street at the intersection of Church Street. It is of Gothic
design built of uniform dark red tapestry bricks and Indiana limestone
trim. The main entrance, reached by a flight of stone steps leads
to the spacious narthex and main church auditorium which is finished
in oak and rich paneling.
In November 1961, ground was broken
and the dedication service for the new educational building was
held November 11, 1962. At that time, the original chapel which
had been moved to Holdford Street was torn down.
'Prince of Peace' Stained Glass Window. P12.143
The 12 stained glass windows in the church are
of exceptional quality and beauty, each one depicting a different
phase of the "Life of Christ". In 1945 Pastor Kenneth
Wilt started drawing designs for the windows, then the leading
stained glass studios of Payne -Spires was chosen to create the
hand blown antique glass windows.
Funding for the windows came from members of
the congregation except for the "Prince of Peace" window,
which was funded by donations from Niles merchants. The cost of
construction of that five- facet window was $3,500. The window
is dedicated to the military personal of World War II, veterans
of all branches of service. This window is illuminated at dusk
and can be seen going west on Church Street.