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Built in 1870, the Trinity Lutheran Church is a brilliant example of Victorian Gothic architecture in the city of New Haven. Majestic and imposing, the edifice consists of exposed red bricks, arched doorways and pillars significant to most Gothic structures. While the serene interiors are graced with stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings and fabulous, artistic depictions of angels and biblical scenes. This church also boasts of the largest as well as the oldest Lutheran congregation in the city.
Officially known as the United Congregational Church, the northernmost church on the Green is a perfect example of Federalist architecture. The steeple on this building has served as a template for church steeples all over the country. Although admission is only permitted for those who have been permitted a privately guided tour, it is almost enough to enjoy the grace and beauty of this structure from without. Call and ask for a tour or just stroll the Green and enjoy the view.
Nestled in the Yale University Campus, Battell Chapel was built in the late 19th Century and is one of the largest chapels on campus. The chapel boasts of beautiful Victorian Gothic style of architecture and was designed by Russell Sturgis, a famed architect of the country. This chapel has gone several renovations and sees architectural elements by Josiah Cleaveland Cady. The interiors of this charming chapel include a beautiful altar, chapel clock with five bells, an apse, magnificent stained-glass windows and more. Besides being a religious place, the chapel is also used as an event venue and hosts several concerts and music events regularly.
The Congregational United Church of Christ, as it is more formally known, has stood on the New Haven Green since 1639. The current Georgian structure dates to 1812. Architect Ithiel Town incorporated large windows into the design to capture sunshine, as there was no heating system. A beautiful Tiffany window, installed in 1890, depicts the Rev. John Davenport leading the first service in the new colony. The historic crypt contains the remains of Benedict Arnold's first wife. There is a small burial ground behind the church, where regicide John Dixwell is laid to rest.
It never ceases to amaze visitors and even locals that New Haven is a city of firsts. Trinity, besides being the first Episcopal congregation in New Haven when it was founded in 1752, also erected the first Gothic Revival building in the United States in 1812-15. Designed by prolific Ithiel Town, who also designed the neighboring Center Church), Trinity is a superb example of medieval architecture, and has been a tourist attraction almost since it was built. It stands on the northwest corner of the historic green.