On Friday, July 2, 2021, St. Luke’s will celebrate 150 years in our current building.
Begun in 1866, ground was broken for our second edifice which was designed by renowned ecclesial architect, Richard Upjohn, architect of Trinity Church, Wall St. NYC. Upjohn’s gothic design is what is often referred to as Elizabethan or “Ornamental English.” On October 9, 1867, The Bishop of the Diocese, The Right Reverend William Stevens, came to Scranton to lay the cornerstone. Construction was hindered by a very serious strike by mine workers in 1869 which had a disastrous impact on businesses and other events in the community. Under the direction of the building committee composed of General Elisha Phinney, Messrs. George L. Dickson, B.H Throop M.D., and H. B. Rockwell construction was completed. On July 2, 1871, Bishop Stevens, and the Rector, The Reverend A. A. Marple conducted the first service.
We look forward to welcoming the community to our celebration on July 2. A festive anniversary liturgy will be held at 6PM. From 7-9PM there will be an open house with tours, exhibits. and other activities.
All are welcome!