Thank you to the jurors of the 2024 AIA New York Design Awards for recognizing our 6-year restoration and renovation at Trinity Church Wall Street with an Honor Award.
Thanks to our client for entrusting us to lead this complex project. Thanks also to our trusted consultants—and our talented MBB team.
Rejuvenating a Lower Manhattan icon from the inside out, MBB helped Trinity Church Wall Street refocus its 1840s building around worship and music—and become more sustainable. Reconciling modern technology and program needs with historic integrity, the comprehensive, six-year project includes restored architecture and ornament; a newly accessible chancel, altar and churchyard landscape; a higher-performing building envelope; new interior and exterior lighting; new clerestory windows; renovated clergy and choir rooms; three new organs; accessible bluestone terraces, improved acoustics, and concealed A/V equipment for services and concerts.
Starting with an intensive research process that engaged the Trinity Church community, our team designed and implemented a comprehensive restoration and renovation plan to address seven decades of deferred maintenance and meet contemporary program and space needs. The neo-Gothic building—the third to stand on the site—designed by Richard Upjohn, welcomes congregants and millions of annual visitors with improved accessibility and sustainability. Hidden complexity was resolved through careful planning and design, such as in providing an accessible route to the altar and re-routing all electrical infrastructure through underfloor trenches and ceiling cavities, thereby liberating the original brownstone columns, reducing visual clutter and restoring architectural coherence to the nave.
Client: Trinity Church Wall Street
Architect: MBB Architects
Construction Manager: Sciame Construction
Restoration Consultant: Building Conservation Associates
Structural Engineer: Silman
MEP Engineer: AKF
Stained-Glass Restoration Consultant: Brianne Van Vorst, Liberty Stained Glass Conservation
Stained-Glass Expert: Drew Anderson, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Stained-Glass Artist: Thomas Denny
Stained Glass Installation Contractor: Femenella & Associates
Stained-Glass Restoration Contractors: Clagnan Stained Glass Studio; Northeast Stained Glass; Serpentino Stained Glass
Lighting Designer: Melanie Freundlich Lighting Design
Acoustic Consultant: Threshold Acoustics
Organ Design Consultant: Johnathon Ambrosino
Organ Acoustical Consultant: Kirkegaard Acoustic Design
Organ Designers and Fabricators: Orgelbau Glatter-Gotz; Richards, Fowkes & Co.
Historic Artwork Conservation: EverGreene Architectural Arts
Historic Millwork: Strauss-Creative Finishes
New Millwork Contractor: Zepsa Industries
Stone Restoration: Rugo Stone
Masonry Restoration Contractor: Integrated Conservation Contracting
Glass Awning Fabricator: Seele
Structural Glass Design Consultant: Eckersley O’Callaghan
Electrical Contractor: B&G Electrical
Historic Paint Conservation: John Canning & Co.
Plaster and Paint Restoration: John Tiedemann
Cast-Iron Restoration: Robinson IronBack to News