1620 Gough STREET (AT Bush) SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109 — TEL. (415) 775-1117
"Why are your big red doors shut?"
We hear this often from neighbors, passers-by and those who join us for worship on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. The answer is that there are a few minor "fixes" required to make our historic landmark building seismic-safe. However, this being 21st century San Francisco, it will take about $5 million.
In 1894, the architect of San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building completed work on Trinity St. Peters Episcopal Church’s sanctuary on Bush & Gough Streets. Since then, this building has housed the oldest Episcopal Church west of the Mississippi. The church survived the devastation of the massive earthquake and fire of 1906 and went on to cultivate a strong, faith-based community centered on radical welcome and service. In the 1980s its forward-looking clergy opened its doors to victims of the AIDS crisis. Project Open Hand, still active today, was founded within these walls to provide meals to victims of serious illness. The robust building was shaken once again by the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. Not only did it survive the wreckage, but the church opened its doors to hundreds of San Francisco residents made homeless by the earthquake. Today it houses treasures of its 122-year history, including a historic 1924 E.M. Skinner pipe organ, the oldest surviving stained glass in San Francisco, and artwork by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
But in 2009 this beautiful church had to close its doors to the public. Seismic strengthening work is needed to ensure that this historic building remains safe for use. Construction work must begin by September 2017 or the church may close its doors forever. The work required is not extensive, and every donation helps.
Good news!! We were selected by national fund!!
With aging churches throughout the nation facing decay and physical distress, Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announce an unprecedented $14 million National Fund for SacredPlaces to assist churches in need of repair and restoration. Two Episcopal churches, Christ Church in Philadelphia and Trinity-St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco, are among the first 14 recipients.
The Rev. Patricia Cunningham, priest-in-charge of Trinity + St. Peter's, San Francisco, tells DioCal News: "The selection of Trinity-St. Peter's as a participant in this national campaign to preserve landmark sacred spaces is a testimony to the importance of the church to the history and cultural fabric of San Francisco. We invite all to join us in making this gorgeous space a vibrant center for the arts and spirituality."
Founded in 1849, Trinity Episcopal Church, designed by the architect of the ferry building, is the mother-church of Protestant Christianity in the western United States. The exquisite sanctuary features glorious stained glass, a masterpiece 1926 Skinner organ and treasures from the 1915 Exposition. We are SF Landmark #65.