Newport’s Historic Trinity Church is in the midst of a $3,000,000 capital campaign to support a bold suite of projects to preserve and protect the historic Trinity campus, ensuring the continued vitality of this centuries-old Newport landmark. Touching all areas of the Trinity campus, there are four key elements to be funded:
- Historic 1726 Church Building: Upgrade climate control systems and security
- Honyman Hall Parish House: Renovate and increase program space.
- Assembly & Music Hall: Using the original foundation footprint, replace the demolished, unhealthy Carr-Rice House with an architecturally attractive glass-facade building that reflects rather than conflicts with the beauty of its historic surroundings.
- Landscaping: To complement the Maya Lin design of Queen Anne Square and improve pedestrian & vehicle traffic patterns.
To date, just over $1,000,000 has been raised, with significant gifts coming from both individuals and foundations. The Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant of $250,000 to completely fund the planned work in the historic church building, including installation of air conditioning and repairs and upgrades to other building systems.
To achieve a tasteful, sustainable design harmonious with the historic setting and compliant with state and local requirements, Trinity worked closely with Glenn Gardiner, a partner at Northeast Collaborative Architects (NCA). In December 2015, Newport’s Historic District Commission granted permission for the demolition of Carr-Rice and the construction of the new building as designed by NCA. (An extension to December 2017 was granted in 2016.) This bright new facility will include meeting rooms, a 150 seat assembly space, a dedicated music suite, as well as a commercial kitchen. Space and equipment will be provided for job training programs (primarily in culinary skills). The new building will also allow for increased cultural programming - films, concerts, etc.
Trinity Serves is not just about preserving historic structures or building a new parish center, but about preserving Trinity as a vital asset to the community. Church leaders, led by the Rector, The Reverend Canon Anne Marie Richards, are committed to securing the future of Trinity, to making campus space available to community organizations, and to welcoming all to the heart of Newport.