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Grand Army of the Republic Building

  • 628 N 2nd St. Lykens, PA 17048

German Evangelical Zion Lutheran Church was built in 1886 in the Gothic style, adjoining an earlier 1863 frame church building. In 1897, the earlier frame building was removed and a two-story brick parsonage erected in its place. Originally a German church in a largely German community, the building stands as an example of neighborhood transformation. Over time, much of the German community disappeared and the area became home to a largely African-American community. Reflecting the neighborhood’s shifting ethnic diversity, the church building became home to Tabernacle Baptist Church whose congregation still worships in the building today.