At the end of the 19th century, as Baltimore’s population of German-born immigrants peaked at more than 40,000, there was high demand for German-speaking churches.
German immigrants had made a success of Zion Church on East Lexington Street. Holy Cross parish in Federal Hill was thriving, and so was St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Highlandtown.
Generations later, much of Baltimore’s German-American community has moved on, and a stalwart congregation of that era is about to close its doors.
Saints Stephen and James Evangelical Lutheran Church, which has operated in one form or another at the corner of Hanover and Hamburg streets in South Baltimore for 166 years, will hold its...