Trinity Church Wall Street, located in New York’s Financial District, has released images of what their new Parish Centre at 74 Trinity Place will look like. Designed by New Haven–based studio Pelli Clarke Pelli, the building will offer offices, a gym, cafe, gallery, a children’s area, spaces for education, performances, and community activities, as well as offices for their Ministry in downtown Manhattan.
74 Trinity Place will rise to 26 stories and feature 310,000 square feet. Located at the building’s base will be the Parish Center and the first nine floors will accommodate most of the programming listed above. Meanwhile, the remaining stories will be used commercial purposes, supplying 160,000 square foot of office space. “The new project forms an ensemble with Trinity Church and Churchyard, creating an enlarged public setting for the ministries of the church,” said Pelli Clarke Pelli in a statement. “The resulting design, emerging from a highly collaborative design process, is conceived of as a companion to the historic church building—a supportive and resonant element in a larger urban composition, a sacred and welcoming public space.”
Within its Wall Street setting, the architects also said how the “new parish building will form a contemporary backdrop for the historic church.” Light metal framework will encase glass paneling to form the building’s facade. As a result, the tower “resonates with the intricate stonework of Trinity Church Wall Street,” a Gothic Revival Episcopal landmark that boasts one of Manhattan’s most impressive spires that has stood tall since 1846. With the Parish’s programming taking place on the lower levels, the glass fenestration will allow the public to view church activities and facilitate further community engagement.
The design has been two years in the making. Both the Church and architects worked with the community to establish the building’s aesthetics and program, tailoring it to the needs of all stakeholders including the Trinity’s congregation, ministry partners, neighbors, and the city. The Reverand Dr. William Lupfer, Rector of Trinity Church, said: “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. Having been in conversation with our neighbors every step of the way, we are creating a dynamic, engaging home for Trinity’s ministry activities.”
According to a press release, building plans are currently pending approval. Groundbreaking is currently scheduled for early 2017, with the 74 Trinity Place being due for completion in 2019.