Front of church

Front of church

Name stone

Name stone

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Dedication pew end in Oak

Dedication pew end in Oak

Religious Motif on pulpit

Religious Motif on pulpit

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Religious Motif on pew end

Example Frame

First English Evangelical Lutheran Church

Architect/Builder: Arthur Fehr
Year: 1939
Areas of Significance: Art, Architecture
City: Austin

The First English Lutheran Church was established in 1936. Christian Klaerner, was a founding member of the First English Lutheran Church in Austin. Peter Mansbendel was a music lover. He became aquatinted with Prof. C. (Christian) Klaerner, a highly respected Austin Music teacher. Their friendship grew through the years. Both were members of the Saengerrunde, the famous and still existing German singing society of Austin. Theirs was a friendship blessed by God. 

The congregation was charted by the State of Texas on July 23, 1936. As the church grew, on August 6, 1937 they decided to build a new church building. Arthur Fehr, an Austin Architect (also a friend of Mansbendel) was engaged as the architect. Ground was broken for the new building on January 22, 1939.

From the time when Professor C. Klaerner told Peter of the plans to build a new church building, Peter Mansbendel had a strong desire to make a contribution to the church in honor of his dear friend. The best contribution-was his talent as a woodcarver. He choose to carve a distinctive, hand colored emblem on the end of each pew in the new building. It has been said that Mansbendel was so sick with cancer that he carved part of these while in bed near the very end of his life.

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Photographs © 2005 The First English Lutheran Church. Posted with permission.
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