Trinity Episcopal Church (Iowa City, Iowa)

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Trinity Episcopal Church
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Trinity Episcopal Church (Iowa City, Iowa) is located in Iowa
Trinity Episcopal Church (Iowa City, Iowa)
Location 320 E. College Street, Iowa City, Iowa
Coordinates 41°39′33″N 91°31′49″W / 41.65917°N 91.53028°W / 41.65917; -91.53028Coordinates: 41°39′33″N 91°31′49″W / 41.65917°N 91.53028°W / 41.65917; -91.53028
Area 0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
Built 1871
Architect Richard Upjohn
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 74000793[1]
Added to NRHP December 31, 1974

Trinity Episcopal Church is parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa. The church is located in Iowa City, Iowa, United States, at 320 E. College Street. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Trinity Church traces its roots to the missionary activities of the Rt. Rev. Jackson Kemper, Missionary Bishop of the Northwest, who first visited the area on July 10, 1841. He continued his visits until the parish was formed on August 7, 1853. The first rector of the church, the Rev. Willis H. Barris, came to Trinity on October 15, 1855. The parish had no regular meeting place until 1862 when it purchased the Athenaeum. That building was used for church purposes until the present church was completed on October 1, 1871.[2] The Athenaeum building was later sold to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church when it was established in 1873.[3]

The present church building was built on property purchased from Samuel and Sarah Ballard in 1868. The design for the church is attributed to Richard Upjohn, but there is some evidence that it resembles a drawing by Bishop Randall of Colorado that was published in The Spirit of Missions in May 1867.[2] The church is a wood structure in the Gothic Revival style. While the sanctuary remains similar to the day it was built, additions for educational facilities and a parish hall have been added over the years.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "History". Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Parish History". www. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 

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