There is no subtle way to describe our campus—it is one of stunning beauty. It lures passers-by from the highway. It challenges us to a faith that can match its strength and beauty and make us a discerning, welcoming, and inviting people.
The main complex consists of the Church, Cox Hall (the Parish Hall, a large building with kitchen, a stage, and classrooms in the basement used for Christian Education, the Community School of Music of the Piedmont, and choir rehearsals), and Peard House, containing the Church offices. They are sited around a cobblestone courtyard and are supported by the Bishop’s Cottage (Youth Education), a Nursery, and the Stable Tour office. Farther from the Church are two recently updated early Nineteenth Century houses, one used as the Rectory and the other for the Thrift Shop and a proposed gift shop, and a guest house. We also have an antique greenhouse, a small stone building used as the nation’s smallest lending library, and several dependencies, including an interesting old privy.
Most of the structures on the property are of considerable architectural and/or historical interest. The Trinity Church Cemetery, a children’s playground, and two parking lots round out the campus, which totals nearly 35 well-landscaped acres with many stone walls and specimen trees.
The Church itself, the third on the site, the Parish Hall, and the Church offices were the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon to the parish (as was much of the campus). The buildings were begun in 1951, and the first services in the Church were held on September 28th, 1960. The architect was H. Page Cross, and his design is a free adaptation of the style of certain 12th and 13th Century French churches. The fabric of the Church is native sandstone, although less brittle limestone was used for the more intricately carved areas.
All the stone and woodwork, except the most complex carving, was done by local craftspeople, who made their own stone-cutting tools at a forge on the property in the tradition of medieval craftsmen. The bells in the tower, which were made in England, are dedicated to these craftsmen. The stained glass windows were made by Joep Nicolas of the Netherlands, and the Church organ is an Aeolian-Skinner with three manuals and 55 ranks of pipes.