San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Trinity Episcopal Church
This Carpenter Gothic church was constructed in 1863 and is the oldest church building in San José. John W. Hammond, a sea captain and a member of the parish, built the structure to his own design. A simple rectangle with a steeply hipped roof, it was constructed largely of redwood logged in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In 1876, the church was cut in half and the front was shifted to face North Second Street, increasing the building’s capacity two-fold. A bell tower was added at this time, and to this, the top story and the steeple were added in 1887.
Erected by City of San Jose.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
Location. 37° 20.282′ N, 121° 53.436′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on North Second Street south of East Saint John Street, on the right when traveling south. The church is located on the southwest corner. The marker is mounted on a pole on the sidewalk. Touch for map. Marker is Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Trinity Episcopal Church (a few steps from this marker); Labor Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Morris Naglee (within shouting distance of this marker); St. James Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Main Post Office (about 400 feet away); Eagles Hall (about 500 feet away); Santa Clara County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); First Unitarian Church (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
Regarding Trinity Episcopal Church. Trinity Episcopal Church is the oldest permanent Protestant church in San Jose. Constructed by John W. Hammond, it is one of the finest examples of carpenter Gothic religious architecture in the western United States. The interior of the church is very ornately carved redwood, with ornamented beams and trusses, and an exceptional multi-Gothic arched chancel. Other features include beautiful stained glass windows crafted by the New York firm of Doremus, and the tower chimes which date from the 1860's
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Also see . . .
1. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (San Jose, California)(Submitted on February 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Downtown San Jose History Walk. This building (Site #23), is featured on the Downtown San Jose History Walk along with 30 additional sites. (Submitted on May 1, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 717 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 1, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.