Trinity Church Rejuvenation

When the novel coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, Trinity Church Wall Street was in the final stages of an almost two-year rejuvenation project to enhance the overall worship experience, make spaces accessible and welcoming, upgrade technology and infrastructure, and address deferred maintenance. In order to halt the spread of COVID-19, Trinity ended all public worship Thursday, March 12. Online-only Holy Eucharist is live-streamed at trinitywallstreet.org six days a week, on Sunday at 11:15am and Monday through Friday at 12:05pm. You can also watch these services and sermons on-demand.

Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Chapel, and all of Trinity’s buildings will be closed until at least Sunday, November 29. Trinity’s Chapel of All Saints had already closed in February for its own period of rejuvenation.

During this period of “social distancing,” in addition to the six weekly celebrations of Holy Eucharist, the parish also offers a robust schedule of prayer, Bible study, spiritual practices, self-care opportunities, and community-building events in which you can participate online as you remain safe in your home.

Trinity will continue to share content related to the rejuvenation, including video and photography from Colin Winterbottom, who documented the project for two years. This material will include historical information about Trinity’s 324 years as a neighbor to Lower Manhattan in New York City.

Trinity looks forward to the day when we can reopen to the public for worship, fellowship, and community gatherings. At that time, we plan to resume our longtime custom of offering tours of Trinity’s buildings and grounds.

In the interim, please visit this space for twice-monthly features and further updates.


Trinity’s Rejuvenation: A (Very) Quick Look

 
 

Photographer Colin Winterbottom documented the recent rejuvenation of the nave in the 174-year-old Trinity Church with literally thousands of photographs. Among them were images captured by time-lapse cameras that Winterbottom has included in a video that lets us watch about 20 months of work in a little more than two minutes.

View more photos of the rejuvenation.


Trinity Church Rejuvenation

By:
James Melchiorre

Architects and those who work in construction trades often remind us that the most important renovations in historic buildings remain largely unseen. That statement certainly applies to the 19-month-long rejuvenation of the nave of Trinity Church Wall Street, which began in May 2018 and mostly ended last Christmas Eve.

While Trinity Church remains closed to public worship because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the photographs of Colin Winterbottom reveal the work on

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By:
James Melchiorre

Trinity Church Wall Street began rejuvenation of the nave of its 1846 church building in May 2018. The first major upgrade of Trinity’s interior space in 75 years proceeded for 19 months, until Christmas Eve 2019 when public worship resumed.

Additional rejuvenation, especially in the Chapel of All Saints and on Trinity’s exterior, continued into the new year until March and the onset of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rejuvenation halted for three months.

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By:
Colin Winterbottom and James Melchiorre

The rejuvenation of the nave of Trinity Church Wall Street from May 2018 to December 2019 represented the most ambitious internal architectural and maintenance upgrade in almost three-quarters of a century. Barely two months passed from the completion of the work and the onset of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which shut down not only public worship, but also public entry into the building. Until Trinity Church is again open to the public, we offer a continuing series of stunning

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By:
James Melchiorre

The nave of Trinity Church Wall Street underwent rejuvenation between May 2018 and December 2019, the most extensive interior work in the 174-year-old building in three-quarters of a century. Less than three months after the return of public worship to the nave, on Christmas Eve, the novel coronavirus pandemic in March forced the closure of the church for all activities except online-only worship. While more time will likely pass before Trinity Church re-opens to all, these contrasting

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By:
James Melchiorre

Trinity Church Wall Street looks forward to the day when the church re-opens to the public for worship and fellowship, and when the recent 20-month-long rejuvenation of the nave can be seen by all, up close and personal. Fortunately, in the interim, we have the photographs of Colin Winterbottom, shot over the period of the rejuvenation project, to give us all a closer look at various parts of the 174-year-old building, including the stained-glass window at the western end of the nave.

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By:
James Melchiorre

The Chapel of All Saints, in Trinity Church Wall Street, is next on the schedule for rejuvenation.

Beginning Monday, February 3, 2020, the chapel will be closed for a period of approximately six months.

During that time, lighting in the chapel will be enhanced, especially in the area of the crucifix near the ceiling, new cameras will be installed to improve live-streaming of worship services, and some adjustments will be made in the floor levels to increase accessibility. As

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Rejuvenation closed the nave of Trinity Church from May 2018 until Christmas Eve 2019. Colin Winterbottom photographed the entire process and invites us to watch 19 months of work displayed in a video that runs a little more than a minute.Read more

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James Melchiorre with Photos by Colin Winterbottom

The rejuvenation of the nave of Trinity Church Wall Street, now in its 19th month, includes two of the church’s more memorable features, the High Altar and the wall behind it, called the reredos, which date back almost 150 years.

A creation of architect Frederick Clarke Withers, the reredos is 35 feet wide and about 20 feet high and spotlights many characters from the Bible and the history of Christianity, their dramatic appearance now embellished by the work of the rejuvenation

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By:
James Melchiorre

The rejuvenation of the Trinity Church nave will include installation of a canopy along the southern facade of the 173-year-old church building.

The first step toward accomplishing that task is lifting, with the help of a crane truck, the large "trees" that will support the canopy. 

Next, workers manipulate

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The High Altar of Trinity Church Wall Street dates back more than 140 years, but has not been used for worship for almost half a century. When it returns to New York after rejuvenation, the altar will be placed in a new position in the Trinity Church nave, utilized regularly for liturgy, and draped with altar cloths that are now being designed. Read more

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