Trinity Church (Pawtucket, Rhode Island)

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Trinity Church
Trinity Church Pawtucket engraving.jpg
1886 engraving
Trinity Church (Pawtucket, Rhode Island) is located in Rhode Island
Trinity Church (Pawtucket, Rhode Island)
Trinity Church (Pawtucket, Rhode Island) is located in the US
Trinity Church (Pawtucket, Rhode Island)
Location 48 Main Street, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°52′26″N 71°22′51″W / 41.87389°N 71.38083°W / 41.87389; -71.38083Coordinates: 41°52′26″N 71°22′51″W / 41.87389°N 71.38083°W / 41.87389; -71.38083
Built 1852-53
Architect Samuel J. Ladd; Clifton A. Hall; Cattanach & Cliff; Stone, Carpenter & Willson; Frances E. Henley
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Part of Quality Hill Historic District (#84002041)
NRHP reference # 72000003[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 13, 1972
Designated CP April 13, 1984

Trinity Episcopal Church was a historic church located at 48 Main Street in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.[1] Built by the Episcopalians, the building was sold to the Catholics in 1977 and became the St. George Maronite Catholic Church within the Diocese of Providence. The church burned down in 2005, and was not rebuilt.


The Gothic Revival structure was constructed of random fieldstone ashlars, capped with sandstone; the roof was slate over an open timber arched frame. A separate chancel was placed on the south end of the building, and a shed-roofed ambulatory was run along the west side to house a side chapel and its altar. An odd detail was a set of dormers in the main west side roof, each with a lancet window; other windows also generally were of the lancet form, including a triple set at either end of the building. A belltower was attached to the northwest corner of the building; its third story, which contained the bell chamber, was topped with a Rhenish helm roof and was made octagonal through the truncation of the four corners.


The Trinity Episcopal Church was established in 1845. The architect of the church was Samuel J. Ladd, a founding member of the congregation.[2][3] He drafted the plan between 1850 and 1851.[4] In 1865, architect Clifton A. Hall was hired to design an addition, which consisted of the low ambulatory on the west side of the building.[2] At the same time, the Providence firm of Cattanach & Cliff was hired to redecorate the interior. In 1901, a parish house was built. It was designed by noted practitioners Stone, Carpenter & Willson. This small building extended from the rear of the church to School Street.[5] Frances E. Henley executed some alterations in 1937.[6]

Trinity also owned a house it used as a rectory. It was located at 50 Main Street, at the corner of School. It had been built in 1815 as the residence of Eliphalet Slack. It was a 3-story house in the Federal style.[7]

The house was destroyed many years before the church itself. The church complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1] It was destroyed by fire in 2005 and not rebuilt.

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  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Page 52, Statewide Historical Preservation Report P-PA-1: Pawtucket, Rhode Island (RIHPC, 1978)
  3. ^ Page 8, Journal of the Proceedings of the 56th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Massachusetts (1846)
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places nomination - Trinity Church" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Page xii, The American Architect & Building News (November 24, 1900)
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  7. ^ Page 249, Rhode Island: A Guide to the Smallest State (Federal Writers' Project, 1937)

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