Saint Matthew's German Lutheran Church
Charleston, SC 29401
Hours: Open to the public
Monday - Friday: 8:30a to 4:30p.
St. Matthew's German Lutheran Church is a Gothic Revival church that was constructed between 1867 and 1872. It was patterned after the typical German Gothic churches. Its 297-foot steeple once made it the tallest building in South Carolina; it continues to possess the tallest spire. The congregation was founded originally by German-speaking Lutherans in 1840.
In 1965, a fire destroyed much of the interior of the church and steeple. The damaged portions were carefully restored except for a finial on the steeple which was too expensive to replace. The stained glass windows in the apse and under the balcony, as well as the pulpit, are original to the building.