Examples of medieval iconography on church facade
Photo by Steve Mangione

New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House
Sunday, May 19, 2019
12 Noon – 3:00 PM

On May 19, 2019, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Ninth Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, an event we have supported since 2012. However, this year our church has surely served as an inspiration for the Conservancy’s 2019 theme: Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture.

As photos included in the Conservancy’s press release reveal, the participating houses of worship will highlight “the broad spectrum of historical periods, faith traditions, and styles of religious architecture found … throughout New York State.” One look at our Landmark edifice, and you will know who puts the “medieval” in Medieval to Modern.

Examples of structural and ornamental terra cotta, coffered ceiling.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

Members of our docent team will be on hand Sunday, May 19, from 12 Noon – 3 p.m. to explain the unique features that make Blessed Trinity Church the purest replication of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the United States. You’ll be able to examine its handmade bricks set in a style dating back to the Middle Ages, learn about the elaborate display of medieval iconography on the terra cotta portico, and stand in awe at the more than 2,000 symbols summarizing Christian beliefs in ceramic tiles, paintings, decorative terra cotta, and sculpture. Our site is wheelchair accessible, and visitors are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars.

On this Sacred Sites Sunday, church tours are free and open to the public. Everyone is also welcome to attend our regular Sunday worship service at 10 a.m.

Christian symbolism on church corbels
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News