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Religion, Art, and MoneyEpiscopalians and American Culture from the Civil War to the Great Depression$
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Peter W. Williams

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469626970

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626970.001.0001

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Phillips Brooks and Trinity Church

Phillips Brooks and Trinity Church

Symbols for an Age

(p.27) Chapter One Phillips Brooks and Trinity Church
Religion, Art, and Money

Peter W. Williams

University of North Carolina Press

The origins of Trinity Church date back to 1730, and it was built to provide accommodation for the city’s growing Anglican population in Boston. Phillips Brooks accepted the call of Trinity Church in 1869. When he arrived, his congregation was dominated by the prosperous classes, but he quickly set about changing this by opening up services and spaces to the growing population of Boston, even non-members of the Church. The power of his message lay not so much in its originality or its profundity, but rather in his audience’s experience and his lasting oratorical impression on them. H.H. Richardson designed the iconic, Romanesque Trinity Church, incorporating art and aesthetics into the architecture. Trinity Church was a celebration of material beauty as a sacramental vehicle toward worldly self-realization, and Phillips Brooks was its prophet.

Keywords:   Phillips Brooks, Trinity Church, Broad Church, H.H. Richardson, Richardsonian Romanesque

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