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St. Thomas Lutheran Church
1001 W. Ellsworth
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
Washtenaw County
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Date Built: 1874

Date of Alterations: 1965

Architect of Alterations: Wally Haab

Alterations Architect’s City: Ann Arbor, MI

Number of Non-pictorial Windows: 1

Building Notes: In 1833 the Basel Mission Institute of Switzerland sent Friedrich Schmid as its first missionary to the United States. Schmid is credited with founding some twenty churches in Michigan, including the Thomas Church. At first Thomas and Anna Roth hosted services in their home. In 1844 they sold land to the Thomas Church for a sanctuary. According to tradition the church was named for Thomas Roth. The present edifice comprises an 1874 church and 1965 additions. Services in German were held exclusively until 1935, then once per month until the late 1950s.
St. Thomas Lutheran Church
MSGC: 2011.0003

Census Coordinator:
Elisa L. Schulz