Burlington, Iowa on the Mississippi
611 Columbia Street
Burlington, IA 52601
First United Church of Christ
As early as 1841, informal worship services were held by a group of German immigrants in the home of John Philip Kriechbaum at 3rd and Columbia Streets. In 1851, the first church building was built facing east and was dedicated for use later that same year.
In the 74 years that followed, this congregation, known as the First Evangelical Church, increased in size and numbers, necessitating the replacement of the original building with a larger church facility in 1926. This building was designed by V.C. Jones of Chicago, with J.H. Hunzinger & Company of Davenport serving as the contractor. It was constructed in the Tudor Gothic style, using two square towers with battlements as the front side on the north facing Columbia. Two sets of arched wooden entry doors sit beneath a large stained glass window depicting Christ praying in Gethsemane. Because of the building's location on a hillside, there are only two stories on the north, but five stories with basements on the south. While the original church was built before Snake Alley was constructed in 1894, the present building shares its east boundary with this famous crooked street.
Today, our congregation is aware and appreciative of the legacy passed down from those who have gone before us. And as we move forward, we do so with this invitation to all…..”No matter where you are on life’s journey, know that you will be welcomed and included at the First United Church of Christ.”