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St. Mark’s Lutheran Church is an architectural landmark.


Our church’s structure represents much more than physical beauty. Its tower inspires heavenly aspirations, while its solid limestone exterior embraces the here and now. The building conveys a sense of enduring strength to the community – especially during difficult times. In addition, the church is an integral part of our town’s fascinating past.

In 1875, Pastor Simeon W. Harkey delivered the first sermon at St. Mark’s to a congregation of 19 in a rented building. That year, construction began on a new church at Walnut and Elm. The building was dedicated on August 26, 1877, but growth in the coming decades forced the church to consider expanding again.

In 1910, banker Henry Denhart made an offer to the congregation. He proposed a donation of land and $20,000, provided the congregation could raise an additional $10,000. Denhart also offered to match each additional dollar raised with a two-dollar donation.

Upon agreement, a committee was formed to oversee what would become a $100,000 construction project. The ground-breaking ceremony occurred on April 8, 1911. The Indiana limestone building, with its 13,000-piece stained glass windows, remains at the corner of Main and Burton Streets. St. Mark’s has served Washington and the surrounding communities at its present location for over a century.