Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church – Hemphill

On November 6, 1905, Swedish Lutherans in Fort Worth signed a charter and organized at the Wells Mission Hall, originally conducting services in Swedish. In 1906 the members purchased a lot on Hemphill and Broadway and commissioned architect Conrad Hoeffler to design a church building. Insufficient funds delayed construction until 1912. The contractor was R. C. Sweeney. It is compactly massed with a gabled nave flanked by a square front tower and shed-roofed and hipped dependencies. The veneer of fine brown brick exhibits superb detailing, in the form of corbelling and raised courses. Many of the arched windows have stained glass panes of a high quality. The lower front entry wing was altered in 1931 when Hemphill Street was widened, but the alterations were sensitive and are not apparent. The congregation sold the building in 1958. It appears to be eligible for the National Register as a work of architecture and brick craftsmanship, as well as for its association with the Swedish community in Fort Worth. The building was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1984. The building received the City’s Demolition Delay designation in 1995.

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