Trinity Cathedral (Omaha, Nebraska)

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Trinity Cathedral
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Trinity Cathedral (Omaha, Nebraska) is located in Nebraska
Trinity Cathedral (Omaha, Nebraska)
Trinity Cathedral (Omaha, Nebraska) is located in the US
Trinity Cathedral (Omaha, Nebraska)
Location Omaha, Nebraska
Coordinates 41°15′37″N 95°56′21″W / 41.26028°N 95.93917°W / 41.26028; -95.93917Coordinates: 41°15′37″N 95°56′21″W / 41.26028°N 95.93917°W / 41.26028; -95.93917
Built 1880
Architect Harrison,Henry G.; Dufrene,Alfred R.
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival, Other
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP August 07, 1974

Trinity Cathedral is located at 113 N. 18th Street in Downtown Omaha, Nebraska. Nebraska's first Episcopal parish, Trinity was established in 1856, and became the state's first Episcopal cathedral in 1872. Designed by noted English architect Henry G. Harrison in 1880, the Cathedral was consecrated on November 15, 1883. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[2][3] Today Trinity Cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Omaha.[4]


Trinity was begun organized by the Right Reverend David Jackson Kemper on July 13, 1856. The first church was built at South Ninth and Farnam Streets. The congregation lost control of the first church building in 1864; the second building was lost to fire in 1868. The third church was built the next year, and was used until the Cathedral was constructed. The Right Reverend Robert Harper Clarkson broke ground for the new cathedral, later laying the cornerstone on May 25, 1880. The cost of the Cathedral was about $100,000 by the time it was completed three years later.[5]

The church served as the base of many Episcopal missions to areas of the western United States. It is the episcopal seat of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska.


It is built in the late Late Gothic Revival style, with rock-faced masonry walls and stone tracery over more than 43 stained glass lancet windows. The church is almost entirely of bluestone from Illinois, in a design that is nearly cruciform with an entry tower extending outward. The exterior of the building has more than six stone crosses at varying points of its roof line. Its design was influenced by the Oxford Movement in the Episcopal church, which led to a revival of medieval styles, as well as an interest in historic design at the time in United States architecture.

The interior features Gothic design throughout, including aisles, nave, transept, choir, and a clerestory.[6] The church includes a noted carved oak bishop's throne and dean's stall.[7]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Gerber, K. and Spencer, J.S. (2003) Building for the Ages: Omaha's architectural landmarks. Landmarks, Inc. p 57.
  3. ^ "More Nebraska National Register Sites in Douglas County", Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 9/14/08.
  4. ^ "Trinity Cathedral", Omaha Public Library. Retrieved 9/14/08.
  5. ^ Shinn, G.W.. (1889) King's Handbook of Notable Episcopal Churches in the United States. Moses King Corporation. pp 243-248.
  6. ^ Shinn, G.W.. (1889) pp 243-248.
  7. ^ Gerber, K. and Spencer, J.S. (2003) p 57.

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