I first came to Trinity Lutheran Church last year, while on assignment for the ELCA and I fell in love with the congregation's beautiful, 178-year-old historic building. I asked for permission to return and photograph the building and a couple of weeks ago I was able to do just that.
Like a lot of churches recently, the congregation's numbers have shrunk and most Sundays the grand sanctuary is empty while the congregation has service in a smaller chapel on the ground level.
It would be a cliche to point out that buildings aren't made like they used to; but, they really aren't. The stairwell leading up to the choir balcony wouldn't ever have been used by more than a small percentage of the congregation. Still, the trim work around the window, door, and baseboard were given the same attention as in the rest of the building.
I really enjoyed the time I spent at Trinity, both the Sunday I was happy to share service with the congregation and the morning I spent in silent reflection photographing the building. I felt that both the people and the spaces welcomed me graciously. I hope that the building can be preserved for many more generations.
You can find more images from Trinity on my website.