After two years of intensive planning, Trinity Church Wall Street revealed the design for its new building at 74 Trinity Place, in the Financial District of New York City. New York-based firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects designed the building to serve as both a ministry and community center for the church. Using open public spaces and multipurpose rooms, the structure will connect neighbors, workers, and families — reflecting the church’s aim for community engagement.
Our building is a statement of Trinity’s dedication to serving the people of this community, this neighborhood, and the city of New York for a fourth century, said Reverend Dr. William Lupfter of Trinity Church.
With 26 floors located directly behind Trinity Church, the project reconciles the churchyard and church by forming a larger public setting. Its design is also reminiscent of the original church —glazed panels within metal framework resonate with Trinity's ancient stonework. Although the base will be reserved for the Parish Center, the rest of the 160,000 square foot office tower is devoted to commercial space.
The Parish Center will have two lobbies: Trinity Place Lobby, a large space for congregating and art exhibits, and Greenwich Street Lobby, an amphitheater type space where smaller performances could be held.
Seating up to 300 people, the Parish Hall will be designed for banquets and theatrical performances. In addition, the structure will include a parlor Library with full-height windows facing Trinity Church, and educational spaces for Sunday school and seminars. A gymnasium with 22' ceilings and terraces outside of the Parish Hall add to the building's amenities.
In their press release, the architects write - The addition of office space reaffirms Trinity’s commitment to Lower Manhattan, which the Church views as an investment in continued economic development and job creation in the Financial District.