Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal)
415 West 13th Street Kansas City, Missouri 64105-1350
Telephone: (816) 474-8260
Facsimile: (816) 474-5856
Information about Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
Since 1935 Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral has been the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of West Missouri. The congregation evolved from two earlier parish churches: Grace Church, originally founded as St. Paul’s Church and renamed Grace Church in 1873, and Trinity Church, founded in 1883. Trinity Church was located at 10th and Tracy, on the side of downtown. In 1917, the two merged under the leadership of the Rev. Robert Nelson Spencer, who was later elected Bishop of the Diocese of West Missouri.
The current Cathedral is located on the site of the second Grace Church building. The original Guild Hall, constructed beginning in 1888, was completed in March of 1890, and is the oldest building in the Cathedral complex. The foundation of the Cathedral itself was laid in 1889, and the first worship service was held in it on December 16, 1894. The building was consecrated on May 15, 1898. The style of the building is Transitional Norman Gothic and was designed by Frederick E. Hill, based on ideas from the Rev. Cameron Mann, D. D., rector of Grace Church, who traveled to Europe to study parish and cathedral church designs.
In 1988 extensive repairs and renovations were completed, resulting, in part, from a collapse of a section of the north wall in January 1986. In the renovation of the chancel, liturgical emphasis was placed on the Liturgies of Baptism, the Eucharist and the Word.
Grace and Holy Trinity is both a parish and cathedral church, and as such seeks to serve the spiritual needs of the congregation, diocese and the greater community.
I am deeply indebted to the fine research pertaining to the history and content of the Grace and Holy Trinity stained glass windows by Randal J. Loy and his upcoming book The Glorious Masterworks of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.
All photographs by Bruce Appel.
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