St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
Originally named Church of the Holy Trinity, St. Ann's Church is one of the most prominent and historical Episcopal churches in America. Completed in 1848, this church was designed by American architect Minard Lafever. After closing for more than a decade, in 1969, St. Ann's Church, the oldest Episcopal parish in Brooklyn, moved into the building.
Backstory and Context
Installed in the church's windows are more than 7,000 square feet of stained glass pieces designed by William Jay Bolton. These pieces depict the "Jesse Tree" of Christ's ancestry. This collection is perhaps the most significant (and one of the earliest) works of early American stained glass.
Before it was removed in 1906 due to concerns about falling stones, its spire was the most visible landmark in Brooklyn and was used by ship captains to navigate the harbor. Throughout the richly decorated interior, vines and botanical ornamentation embellish the arches and vault groins of the Gothic-style architecture.
Due to disrepair, the New York Landmarks Conservancy intervened in 1979 to save the aging church and repair the stained glass. It founded the St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts in 1983. Since then, the work on the stained glass has included the restoration of the chancel window and 64 stained glass windows by William Bolton located in the nave. Bolton’s organ loft window has since been moved and is on permanent exhibition in the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church - Brooklyn, N.Y. Accessed May 21, 2017. http://www.nycago.org/organs/bkln/html/stannholytrinity.html.
"St. Ann and the Holy Trinity." NYC-ARTS. March 05, 2013. Accessed May 21, 2017. https://www.nyc-arts.org/organizations/54410/st-ann-and-the-holy-trinity.