Trinity Cathedral, Cathedral and Parish House

Phoenix, AZ | 1921

The Mission Revival Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is a Phoenix landmark. Although today its location in the Roosevelt Historic District places it in the heart of the city, at the time it was planned the new site was so far north of Phoenix's business district that it was popularly called "the Episcopal Folly."

The design for the Cathedral campus was completed by Shepley Bulfinch (then Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge and, during construction, Coolidge and Shattuck) in 1910. The Parish House, which was dedicated in late 1915, included a chapel with chancel and sanctuary on the ground floor, and an upper level with meeting rooms, public study rooms, a Diocesan room, and kitchen.

The Cathedral itself, which broke ground in January 1920, was consecrated in April 1921. The historic structure is defined by its iconic 60-foot bell tower, topped with a copper ornament. An outdoor pulpit with a copper canopy on the east elevation provided for outdoor services. Interior details include a richly detailed canopied pulpit and an ornate lectern.

Upon its completion, the Cathedral connected to the upper floor of the Parish House. While the structure remains broadly true to the original design, the orientation of the nave was reversed in the 1970s. The interior of the Cathedral was restored following a major fire in 2002.

In 1914 Trinity Parish was dedicated as the Cathedral for the Diocese of Arizona. The first Missionary Bishop of the Arizona Diocese (and Trinity Cathedral) was Julius Walter Atwood. Atwood was consecrated in 1911 at Trinity Church in Boston, which was designed by Shepley Bulfinch’s founder, noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson.

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