St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church has existed on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village since 1855. Although Germans settled mainly in the area east of the Bowery, there was a community in Greenwich Village which existed until the end of World War I.
The Federal-style building with a domed cupola, built in 1821-22 for the Eighth Presbyterian Church, is one of the oldest religious buildings in Greenwich Village. In 1842, the property was sold to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, who worshiped here until 1855 when it was turned over to the German Lutherans. Victorian features were added in 1886 by Berg & Clark, and the pediment was inscribed, “Deutsche Evangelish-Lutherische St. Johannes Kirche.” St. John’s is within the Greenwich Village Historic District of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.