St. John’s Lutheran Church c. 1925

The imposing Gothic Revival church is a downtown Salisbury landmark, built in 1926 and the third church erected by the parish, the first being a log structure on N. Lee Street where the Lutheran Cemetery can now be found.

The basilican plan church is built in the Late Gothic Revival style with pressed brick stone trim. The structure includes the familiar elements of the architectural style including pointed arches, steep-sloping roofs, and lace and lattice-work carvings. The main façade rises to two tall crenelated towers. Its brilliantly poly-chromed interior is particularly flamboyant. The huge windows are ornamented with stone tracery and filled with stained glass, illustrating stories from the Bible. The circa 1967 chapel is built in the modernist liturgical style of architecture.

In 2021, 40 feet scaffolding was erected from ground to ceiling to aid in addressing much-needed deferred maintenance needs in the sanctuary building that included moisture damage, cracks and "blooms" in the plaster, and repainting. During this restorative process, new carpet and HVAC were installed.

This year marks the 275th anniversary of the arrival of German Lutherans in this area. Their first organizational activity was 1768. St. John’s Lutheran Church is the oldest organized congregation in the city.