Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Trinity Episcopal Church

In 1874, John Magee Jr., head of the Fall Brook Coal Company and the Fall Brook Railway Company, died. In his will, he left $50,000 and direction for five churches to be built in the area occupied by his companies. Construction of the first of these, Trinity Episcopal Church, began in 1880. The following year, the modest stone church, designed by Syracuse architect, J. L. Silsbee, was consecrated.
A rendering of the church appeared in the “Building Budget” in 1884.

The church is constructed of locally quarried sandstone. A clover or trefoil motif is used throughout the building. It can be seen in the front gable as well as the belfry. On the interior, is also seen in some windows and on the base of the pews. The form relates to the church name as well as the Irish heritage of the benefactor.

Art glass windows on the interior were manufactured in England. A majority of the windows are green and red. A window on the west side of the nave serves as a memorial to Magee.

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