Churches: Wall Street Gothic

When New York City last week declared Trinity Church a municipal landmark, it honored something more than an esthetically pleasing place of worship. A grimy, spire-topped Gothic church overshadowed by Wall Street skyscrapers, it is an island of pastoral calm amidst the marketplace. Its outdoor benches are often crowded with secretaries and sightseers, and its cemetery is a favorite lovers' rendezvous. More than that, though, Trinity Church is a powerful, still-active force in U.S. ecclesiastical history. It is the largest parish in the Protestant Episcopal Church, with 3,900 congregants. It is...

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