Trinity Episcopal Church (Iowa City, Iowa)
Trinity Episcopal Church
|Location||320 E. College Street, Iowa City, Iowa|
|Area||0.8 acres (0.32 ha)|
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||74000793|
|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. The Athenaeum building was later sold to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church when it was established in 1873.
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. 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.