American Institute of Architects
Peace Lutheran Church
With Haugen Architecture
Hutchinson, Minnesota
Master Plan, Addition and Remodeling

Churches in Minnesota history have fine, satisfying proportions and crisp discreet lines and edges. Some with Gothic arches are subtly arranged to provide a feeling of both stable centrality and lift. There are no two churches exactly alike, and most of them have been altered since their original construction. Many have had wide porches built onto their fronts that have thrown their proportions out of balance and interfered with the uninterrupted visual rise of the tower, with humble grace and propriety that generally characterized people's faith.
   Death of the Dream, William G. Gabler

I grew up in a small town wood frame church with the front steps in front of the uninterrupted tower. I remember, that's where we posed for our annual Sunday School photograph. Some rural, some urban, yet each one of these treasures carries on the tradition of the Lutheran faith in Minnesota.

For Mount Olivet Church in Minneapolis, the first chapel was built for $3000. The chapel served the congregation until the present church was completed in 1939. While Mount Olivet has grown to become one of the largest Lutheran churches in America, it remains grateful to the vision of its early leaders.
   Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Vision. Vision of their church. Vision of their community. Vision of their faith. Peace Lutheran Church carries on this tradition. An impressive example of neo Gothic architecture, it is well maintained and preserved. In retail vocabulary, this is the "anchor" tenant to respect and complement. In return, it promotes and creates spin-off activity which, when done right, with the right architecture, the financial benefits flow for years to come, 10 times over.

Peace Lutheran Church is situated on the edge of a Downtown Revitalization Master Plan with initiatives to reorient traffic controls to Main Street rather than through the neighborhood; encourage community variety of housing products over the next five years; support existing businesses by the ability to walk to churches, shopping, or entertainment. Actions that are both long term investments in Hutchinson's future and that preserve signficant features of Hutchinson.

The fundamental elements of a neighborhood are walkable streets, human-scaled blocks, and usable public spaces.
   The Regional City, Peter Calthorpe, William Fulton

A sense of place: for worship, education, Little Lambs Christian Preschool, church library, youth groups, service groups, music, pastoral care, video resources. The Vision for Peace Lutheran Church is to best "be stewards where the Peace of Christ is shared through God's Holy Word and the friendship of its people".

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