Nestled in the residential bowels of Northeast Minneapolis on a sleepy little parkside block, four churches stand.
What makes this particularly unusual is that even the holiest of cities do not carry this distinction. This block is one of the only blocks in the entire world known to be home to four churches, one on each corner, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The largest of the quad, Emanuel Lutheran, was built in 1899 in Gothic Revival style. Around that same time, Elim Baptist went up, followed by St. Peter’s Lutheran and Strong Tower Parish.
It’s said that Emanuel Lutheran and St. Peter’s were apparently built for “dueling Norwegian Lutheran congregations.”