The Landmarks Preservation Commission is set to review proposals from Trinity Church and MBB Architects to replace the multi-story stained glass window above the entrance of the historic Episcopal Church at 75 Broadway in the Financial District.
The church was designed by Richard Upjohn around 1839 and completed in 1846. As one of the first Gothic Revival buildings in New York City, it is also home to a treasured cemetery where Alexander Hamilton, among other notable figures, is buried.
The proposed replacement is just one component of a much larger rejuvenation project that began in 2018. According to Trinity Church, installation of the new window will deliver a more modern design that better represents contemporary Episcopalian faith. The existing window is also showing signs of deterioration including severe bowing of the metal came strips and lancets, as well as small holes and cracks in the glass.
The new window is designed by British stained glass artist Thomas Denny, who was selected through an international competition. Denny’s design is based on the Bible’s “Parable of the Talents,” incorporating jewel tones to reflect the chancel colors and red glass intended to make the window deferential to brownstone.