Postcard from Bethany Lutheran Church of Duluth

The postcard image above shows Bethany Lutheran Church at 2302-2308 W. Third St. in Duluth’s friendly West End. The image appears to be circa the 1970s, maybe ’60s.

The church’s original congregation, comprised of 80 immigrants from Sweden, formed in 1889 and worshiped in a grocery store. The church building was constructed in 1903; the neighboring Windsor House was built at 2310 W. Third St. in 1950.

Below is an old-timely photo of Bethany Lutheran by Hugh McKenzie.

Bethany merged with Holy Trinity and Zion Lutheran churches in 2016. The three congregations meet at the former Zion church, now known as Spirit of God Lutheran Church.

The former Bethany church building has been on the market since early summer 2017, priced at $375,000. Photos from real estate websites are shown below.

Finally, here is the backside of the postcard featured at the top of this post.

2 Comments

Bob Bagley

about 2 months ago

The picture described as from the 1970s or '60s is from before 1967 as that is when the two front entrances were combined from the ends to a single entrance in the center. As seen in the third pix.

Bob Bagley

about 2 months ago

Oh, the"Windsoe house" was actually built decades before as an apartment building and was purchased by Bethany Lutheran in 1950. Then remodeled into its current configuration in 1956, 57. 

Both the church and Windsor buildings are again in a state of transformation. On Facebook find "The Church restaurant Duluth" for updates on slow progress.

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