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
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 east 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.
Windows are listed in order moving clockwise around the Nave, beginning at the Tower Door.
The Tower Door Lunette Window (1945)
The St John Window (1911) Image 1 file 147
Fabricated by the Duffner and Kimberly Company of New York,
Designed by J. Gordon Guthrie (1874-1961)
I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day and heard a great voice command “What thou seest, write in a book.” Revelation 2:
Write the things which thou hast seen and the things which are. Revelation 1:19
A memorial to Alexander Butts (1844-1910).
The Christ Preaching Window (1903)
Designed by Frederick Stymetz Lamb (1862-1928)
In my father’s house are many mansions.
A memorial to Caroline Felthousen Dudly Pratt (1835-1902) given by her husband Wallace Pratt Sr. (1831-1907).
The Garden Door Lunette Window: Agnus Dei (1943)
Fabricated by Connick Studios
Designed by Dr. Charles J. Connick (1875-1945)
The “Munich” Window (1913)
Fabricated by Gottfried Heinersdorff (1883-1941)
Designed by Mary Fraser Wesslhoeft (1873-1971)
And He took them up in His arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. Mark 10:16
The Chancel Windows (1930)
All of the chancel windows were fabricated by Powell & Sons, Whitefriers, Ltd. of London, England and designed by James Humphries Hogan (1883-1948).
The Annunciation (1930)
Hail, thou that art highly favored
The Nativity (1930)
The word was made flesh and dwelled among us.
The Baptism (1930)
This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.
Suffer it to be so now
The Crucifixion (1930)
And they crucified Him.
For He has risen as He said.
He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. Luke 24:51
The Nunc Dimittis Window (1930)
Fabricated by Powell & Sons of London, England.
Lord, now letest thou thy servant depart in peace…For mine eyes have seen thy salvation.
The Chorister Window (1901)
Fabricated by the Heinigke and Bowen firm of …..
Designed by Otto Heinigke (1850-1915) and possibly also by Owen J. Bowen (1866-1902)
The St Cecilia Window (1902)
Fabricated by Campbell Glass and Paint Company of Kansas City.
Designed by Thomas John Bower Pain (1849-1936)
Praise Him with stringed instruments and organ
The “My Jewels” Window (1935)
Fabricated by Tiffany Studios of New York.. The designer is unknown.
They shall all be mine, saith the lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels.
Ye shall receive a crown of glory.
1 Peter 5:4
The Madonna Window (1926)
Fabricated by Jacoby Art Glass Company of St Louis, Missouri
Designed by Lee Albert Cook (1888-1981)
The Beatitude Window (1944)
Designed by Dr Charles J. Connick (1875-1945) and probably fabricated by his company as well.
Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy… Ye shall find rest unto your souls.
[The design for this window is broadly based on an etching by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) entitled “Christ Preaching” c 1652 and also known as “La Petite Tombe.”]
The Hart Window (1926 and 1930)
As the hart desireth the water, so longeth my soul after Thee, o God. 42nd Psalm
The first version of this window was installed in 1926 but was destroyed in a fire in 1929. The Tiffany Studios duplicated the original window, which was installed in 1930.
Hart Window (Detail)
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 book The Glorious Masterworks of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.
All photographs by Bruce Appel.
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(This is a preliminary example of how the “page” for one church might be presented. Additional and improved images may replace these. Additional information about the content of the windows, their history, the donors and dedicatees, and the designers and fabricators may be developed and added at a later date.)