Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hobart Then and Now: Center Street

Circa 1900-10 and 2010

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Top image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

Looking north on Center Street from the Nickel Plate tracks. In the foreground at left is the original Trinity Lutheran Church. If I understand the chronology correctly (per Hobart's Historic Buildings by Elin B. Christianson), at the time of the top image (roughly 1900-10), that building was being used as the Trinity Lutheran School, the congregation having moved into the new church at Second and Main.

Here's another view in approximately the same location, and roughly the same time period — but taken in the summertime, when all you can see is foliage, and some kids who are not in school.

Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.


"swooz" said...

From the time of it's founding in 1847, Hobart continued to grow in population with a large number of German immigrants settling in the area. Lutheran pastors from Valparaiso and Crown Point began to conduct services in Hobart beginning in 1866. In 1873 a congregation was organized and named "The German Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church of Hobart, Lake County, IN" and the first church was built on Center Street. A parsonage was erected in 1878 south of the church and can be seen in the picture. The second church at 2nd and Main was dedicated in 1900. Services were conducted in German until 1928! The congregation moved to it's current church in 1966 at 900 Luther Drive. The church bell in the tower dates from 1887 and the only other orginal part of the previous building that remains is a statue of Christ that now stands above the sanctuary. The old silver Communion pitcher, tray and cup are still used for special services. I loved that beautiful old church on Main St. and I treasure a light fixture that I have from it. (Info from TLC's 125th Anniversary publication)

Ainsworthiana said...

I didn't realize the new church had the old church bell -- how nice. The old church certainly looks beautiful in the photos I've seen; I never saw the actual church itself.