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Trinity Cathedral


37°20′16.17″N 121°53′26.87″W / 37.3378250°N 121.8907972°W / 37.3378250; -121.8907972Coordinates: 37°20′16.17″N 121°53′26.87″W / 37.3378250°N 121.8907972°W / 37.3378250; -121.8907972
Location 81 North Second Street
San Jose, California
Country United States
Denomination Episcopal Church in the United States of America
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History
Founded 1861
Consecrated 1867
Architecture
Architect(s) John W. Hammond
Style Carpenter Gothic
Completed 1863
Specifications
Capacity 408
Materials Redwood
Administration
Diocese El Camino Real
Clergy
Bishop(s) Rt. Rev. Lucinda Ashby
Dean Very Rev. Julia Mc Cray Goldsmith, Priest in Charge

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is located in downtown San Jose, California, United States. It is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real. As the oldest church structure in continuous use in the city it has been named a San Jose Historic City Landmark.

History

San Jose was visited by the Right Rev. William Ingraham Kip shortly after he arrived in San Francisco in 1854 as the first Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of California. He conducted the city's first Episcopal service at the Independent Presbyterian Church (later renamed First Presbyterian Church). He visited San Jose occasionally until the Rev. Sylvester S. Etheridge arrived in late 1860. The following year the congregation organized themselves as Trinity Church. Services were initially held in the firehouse on North Market Street and then in City Hall. The present church building was completed in 1863 and was consecrated by Bishop Kip four years later. Over the years ten Episcopal congregations were formed from Trinity. The Diocese of El Camino Real was created from the Diocese of California in 1980 and Trinity was elevated to a cathedral church. Trinity Cathedral houses the oldest Episcopal congregation in San Jose, it is the oldest church building in continuous use in the city and is the oldest Episcopal cathedral church in California.

Architecture

The present church was designed by James W. Hammond, who was a retired sea captain and shipbuilder. He was also a member of Trinity's vestry. The building was rectangular in shape with a steep hipped roof. It was constructed of redwood that was logged in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As the congregation grew it became necessary to expand the building. Hammond devised a plan by which the church building was cut in half and pulled apart by a team of horses. The front was shifted to face North Second Street and additional arms were added to create a structure in the form of a cross. The bell tower was added at the same time. A spire was added to the tower in 1884. Renovations in 1958 brought the church to its present appearance.

Hours

The Cathedral is open on Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm.

Plaque

The Cathedral has one place outside of its structure that reads:

TRINITY
EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
OLDEST CHURCH BUILDING
IN SAN JOSE
IN CONSTANT USE. FIRST
UNIT ERECTED IN 1863.

SAN JOSE PARLOR NO. 81
N. D. G. W.

See also Native Daughters of the Golden West and http://www.ndgw.org/81.htm .

Rectors and Deans

The rectors of Trinity Cathedral have been:

  1. Sylvester S. Etheridge (1861-1864)
  2. Dinsmore D. Chapin (1864-1866)
  3. Ebenezer S. Peake (1866-1870)
  4. George W. Foote (1870-1884)
  5. John B. Wakefield (1884-1899)
  6. Barr Miller Weeden (1899-1901)
  7. Charles H. Mockridge (1901-1902)
  8. George W. Foote (1902-1903) Interim
  9. J. Wilmer Gresham (1903-1911)
  10. Halsey Werlein Jr. (1911-1917)
  11. A. W. Noel Porter (1917-1925)
  12. Mark Rifenbark (1925-1956)
  13. William Barton Murdoch (1956-1979)
  14. David Albert Cooling (1980-1985)
  15. G. Richard Millard (1985-1988) Interim
  16. William Power Clancey (1988-1991)
  17. Philip A. Getchell (1991-1999)
  18. Ann Winsor (1999-2000)
  19. Armand H. Kreft (2000)
  20. James McLeod (Interim)
  21. Nikolous Merrell (Interim)
  22. Richard Lief (Interim)
  23. David Bird (2003-Jan. 2019)
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