St. Margaret's House


St. Margaret's House, 1977-1990

2 boxes or 1 linear foot

Historical Note:

From the outset of his rectorship, the Rev. Dr. Parks dreamed of transplanting to Trinity Church the success in elderly housing he had achieved at his earlier position in Florida. In Jacksonville, Parks had built three towers to provide affordable housing to the elderly that allowed them to lead active, independent lives with involvement in the community. At Trinity, Parks hired as Comptroller Charles W. Pruitt, an expert in elderly care who had contributed to the Florida project. Following the same procedure as before, Pruitt applied for and received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 202 program. He then contacted the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and received support to build on the Pearl and Fulton Street urban renewal site.

In 1977, Gruzen & Partners were chosen as the project architect. The Vestry Outreach Committee proposed that the building be named St. Margaret’s House in honor of the Sisters of St. Margaret who had agreed to join Trinity in their ministry to the elderly. Trinity provided the sisters with a residence at 50 Fulton Street named Neale House after their founder John Mason Neale.

St. Margaret’s House was incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary in 1978 and its dedication took place on Sunday, June 6, 1982. The actress Helen Hayes spoke at the anniversary Gala Birthday party held in April 1988.

Scope and Content Note:

The records contain incorporation papers, agreements, annual reports, anniversary commemorations, promotional materials and photographs covering the years from 1977 to 1999. For construction files, see Property Management record group.