Mr. J. Visits St. Ann & the Holy Trinity

Our man with cam has put together a montage of historic photos of the Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity (simply Church of the Holy Trinity until its merger with St. Ann’s Church in the 1970s), designed by the great 19th century church architect Minard Lafever, at Montague and Clinton streets, followed by some live coverage of yesterday’s Ash Wednesday service. The towering steeple (when completed, it was the tallest structure in New York City), seen in some of the early photos, was taken down in the 1890s when vibrations from subway construction beneath the church threatened its stability. The stained glass windows by William Jay Bolton are justly famous. Video after the jump.

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