Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Community Meeting Seeks To Protect Historic Structures From Same Fate

More than two dozen members from the community attended a meeting at Waterbury's Silas Bronson Library this evening to discuss proactive steps which can be taken to prevent further unnecessary demolition of historic structures within the city. Representatives from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation were on hand to share information about plans which have worked in other Connecticut cities and towns. Brad Schide and Jordan Sorensen, both from the CT Trust, remarked at how impressed they were with the quick action and outpouring of community support that organized seemingly overnight after demolition of the former Trinity Episcopal Church began just over a week ago. Many feel that the 135-year-old structure could and should have been saved, or at least more open community wide discussions should have taken place, to determine if other reasonable alternatives to demolition existed. While it is too late to save the Trinity Church building, it is clear that area residents and others with close ties to the city are passionate about preserving history where it is possible, especially for such significant and symbolic structures. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

East Face of Building Now Removed

As demolition continues, the east face of the building along Prospect Street is now completely removed and open. The corner stone had been removed before heavy demolition began and the face stone bearing the name of the church "Trinity Church, Parish organized AD. 1877." also carefully removed, both planned to be used in a monument that will serve to memorialize the location of the church.

This brief video below shows the building with the east face removed. The tower at left is slated for demolition on Monday, October 15, 2018 as the demolition will continue. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

1320 WATR Features Interview with Father Ford

Waterbury's 1320-AM WATR Radio featured a discussion between Father Ford from the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Raechel Guest, local historian and Director of the Silas Bronson Library. The two represented both sides of the issue relating to the demolition of Trinity Church. A large number of community members have expressed outrage with the destruction of the building, catching many off guard.

While nearly 1,100 people had signed a petition with hopes of saving the building, efforts were far too late for the swift-moving demolition team. Efforts are now underway to learn from this experience and determine what Waterbury can and should do to seek public input before further similar historic structures are demolished and lost forever. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Demolition of Historic Trinity Church

Today, Tuesday, October 9, 2018, is a sad day in the historic timeline for the City of Waterbury. Cranes and demolition crews began very early in the morning after a 3-day weekend, seemingly before anyone knew just how immediate the demolition plans were.

See the 'media coverage' page for stories from the evening news which featured video showing the destruction of the beautiful structure that was once Trinity Episcopal Church. Even as demolition was under way, the number of people signing the online petition had approached 900 in little more than 24 hours. This will hopefully serve as a wake up call for everyone. If we appreciate our history, we need to be willing to share our time and expertise and yes, sometimes funds, to preserve it.

The photographs on this page are courtesy of Raechel Guest.

Online Petition Tops 700 Signatures

As of early afternoon on Tuesday, more than 700 people have signed an online petition established just 24 hours earlier by an individual who has chosen to remain anonymous. A quick review of those signing include many who were baptized in or attended Trinity Church. A few signers commented on their time as altar boys at the parish, while many noted the beautiful and historic importance of the building itself. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Petition to Save Trinity Church Waterbury

An anonymous individual has taken the first public step toward helping to save the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Waterbury from planned demolition.