Trinity's buildings, April 2008. Left: sanctuary. Center: Walker
Hall. Right: latest addition. Foreground: handicapped parking lot.
From its beginnings, Trinity's physical
plant has been recognized as uniquely attractive -- as well might the church
built for his community by the wealthiest man in the Northwest Corner at the
time of its construction in 1874. Details of the founding of Trinity can
be seen in our history pages.
Circa 1900, the
parish undertood a major renovation of the interior
of the worship space. It was around this time that The Connecticut Magazine
featured the church's architecture and charm.
The collapse of the Upper
Housatonic Valley iron industry in the immediate aftermath of World War I obviated any external (and most
internal) modification of the structure until the construction of Walker Hall in
the early 1960s, and this may have had the beneficial effect of preserving the original
structure little changed from its original form. Trinity
subject of an article in Better Homes and Gardens not
In 1996 the parish acquired an
eight acre field adjacent to the church from the Goodwin family, descendents of the same family
that, 125 years earlier, had donated the acre of land for construction of the
As the millennium dawned, Trinity was again
building -- this time, an award-winning wing with the assistance of Centerbrook
Architects. Photographs documenting the construction of this wing can be
Today, our facility, which is handicapped
accessible, consists of:
- The original Trinity Church, seating
approximately 200, with most furnishings dating from either the original
construction or the 1900 renovation, with the more recent addition of a
Rodgers digital organ with three
manuals and AGA pedal board. The church interior was refurbished in
2004 with considerable attention to preserving or restoring original details. An
undercroft provides abundant storage space as well as overflow meeting space.
- The Rectory, build only a few years
after the church itself, and designed and initially occupied by our first
Rector, is adjacent to the church. At the rear of the rectory's back
yard is a two-bay garage, currently used for storage.
- Walker Hall, a 40 x 60 high-ceilinged
open space, fully carpeted, with French doors opening onto a cloister with
Trinity Field forming a visual backdrop. While it serves admirably as our
parish hall, it is also popular with the community as a space to rent for
receptions as well as being the rehearsal hall for
and the meeting site for an AA group. Here's a photo of Walker Hall
set up for a small ECW luncheon:
- The Guild Room, a 20 x 20
space connecting Walker Hall and the church,
a passageway with a clergy office, a fully-equipped kitchen, rest rooms, and
alcove for choir and acolyte robes. Along with Walker Hall, it constitutes
The Gallery at Trinity Lime Rock.
- The new addition, with offices,
Sunday School classrooms, the parish
library, and rest rooms. Wi-Fi access is available in the addition as
well as in Walker Hall, and good cellphone reception is available throughout
thanks to our friends at Lime Rock Park.
- Trinity Field, recently renamed Reid
Field in honor of the donor who retired the note for its purchase, is used for
parking for parish functions and by our good neighbor,
Lime Rock Park, as well as
parish activities including summer
walking, jogging, and running. A plot plan
is available on our Sports and Recreation page, and
a plan of our buildings is available on our
self-guided tour page.
On this page are some photos of our physical place at Trinity! Click on the thumbnail
images to see full-sized photos. We're in the process of updating
them, so check back frequently to watch our progress. And take a look at the people of Trinity!
How to get to Trinity? Here's a
Google map. Frequently
people inquire about
getting married at
Trinity. Does this sound like you?
Click here for more information.
The porte cochere, June 1, 2008
Looking South, from Reid Field
A view across Dugway Road of Lime Rock Cemetery
Seen across Lime Rock Road, "big bend" at Lime
A look westward in Reid Field
Mountain, steeple, sky and trees
We'll be moving many of the pictures at the
bottom of this page to our
history section soon. Why? Well, in 2003 - 2004 we were involved in a major
construction project, which increased by more than 1/3 the size of our physical plant
and refurbished much of the interior of the older buildings as well.
Above: a view of Trinity from
Lime Rock Cemetery
There's another reason, too. Our
physical location is a gift -- particularly our nearly nine acre field, and part of that gift entails the need to use it
the right way. Thus, we are beginning to emphasize
Sports and Recreation as one of the important things we do at Trinity.
A long range planning committee carefully evaluates proposals for parish
enhancements to ensure that any undertaken are congruent both with the wishes of
the parish and the future needs of the church. You can see a plot plan of our premises, showing the field as well as the
location of our present buildings, at that page.
On this page are some some records of our 2003 - 2004
building project: our addition and renovation:
--On Trinity Sunday, 2003, Bishop Curry broke ground
for the addition.
to see pictures from that day.
--Real construction of the addition began shortly
thereafter. We diligently captured the construction process, week
by week, as it progressed over the winter and into the spring and summer of
to see pictures of the construction -- through early summer 2004.
(Hint: you'll know more than you ever wanted to about how our addition was
constructed by the time you're done with this set of pictures!)
--Here are two pictures at the conclusion of
the renovation of Walker Hall back in April 2004. Click on either of these pictures to see a larger image.
4/15/2004: The cubicles that housed
Sunday School classes in Walker Hall are gone now -- only the administration cube
remains (on right), awaiting carpeting in the new administration office.
The new windows are in place.
4/14/2004: The doorway from Walker
Hall into the new addition. You can see this doorway in the center
of the Walker Hall interior photo on the left.
to watch the way the
addition was built!!
(These are the ones in excruciating detail we mentioned