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Religious Buildings Walk in New Haven (Self Guided), New Haven

New Haven is home to a number of beautiful churches, the majority of which feature mostly Gothic style. You can see examples of Georgian, Federal and Colonial styles of architecture. You will also have the possibility of visiting the city's three famous churches near New Haven Green Park.
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Religious Buildings Walk in New Haven Map

Guide Name: Religious Buildings Walk in New Haven
Guide Location: USA » New Haven (See other walking tours in New Haven)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: AudreyB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Mary's Church
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Center Church on the Green
  • Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green
  • United Church on the Green
  • First and Summerfield United Methodist Church
  • Christ Church
  • Beth Israel Synagogue
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St. Mary's Church

1) St. Mary's Church

The Church of St. Mary is the parish church of the second oldest Roman Catholic parish in Connecticut. The parish was established in 1832. The Knights of Columbus was founded here in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, who was then the church's assistant pastor. The church is currently run by friars of the Dominican Order. The first church was built in 1834. It burned down in 1848. The current church at 5 Hillhouse Avenue was dedicated in 1874. It was designed by the eminent architect James Murphy of Providence, Rhode Island.

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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

2) Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church came into existence in 1865. The building in which it is located is from 1870, but is home to the church only as of 1916. The structure is a perfect example of High Victorian Gothic style designed by David Russell Brown. The edifice features brick and Portland brownstone, beautiful stained glass windows, angel figures, sculptures and an impressive rose window as a symbol of the church. The Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is the oldest Lutheran congregation in Connecticut and is noted as a national landmark.
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Center Church on the Green

3) Center Church on the Green (must see)

The Center Church of the Green is the church in the middle of the three located just near the New Haven Green Park. Also known as The First Church of Christ, it was established in 1639. The present building of the church was constructed in 1812 in Georgian style, by the same architect Ithiel Town. The church is famous for being home to The Crypt, located in the church's basement, an ancient cemetery with gravestones from the years 1687-1812. The church also features the beautiful Waterford crystal chandelier, Tiffany stained glass windows and a Fisk Pipe Organ.
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Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green

4) Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green (must see)

The Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green is an Episcopal church near the New Haven Green Park. The church was founded in 1752 when the Episcopalians decided to have a dedicated place of worship in New Haven. Consecrated in 1816, the Trinity Episcopal Church is among the first Gothic Revival churches and was designed by architect Ithiel Town. Originally built as a small wooden structure with two Gothic tablets in the form of arches, today the church is a concrete piece with an impressive Gothic tower.
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United Church on the Green

5) United Church on the Green (must see)

Also known as the North Church, the United Church on the Green is the third of the three New Haven Green Park churches. It was constructed in 1814 in a Federal style by architect David Hoadley. The United Church on the Green features tall white columns in combination with brick walls, thus creating an impressive sight. The steeple of the church has served as a model for other church steeples in the country. The church also features a pipe organ.
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First and Summerfield United Methodist Church

6) First and Summerfield United Methodist Church

Initially only the First Methodist Church was built in 1849 under the Federal style design of Henry Austin. In several years, the church underwent many changes, many of its Federal style characteristics having been removed. After a fire in 1904, a steeple and a new entrance were added to the church, designed in Federal Revival style by architect Charles C. Haight. Since 1981, the First Methodist Church united with Summerfield United Methodist Church to form the present First and Summerfield United Methodist Church.
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Christ Church

7) Christ Church

Christ Church, or Christ Church New Haven, is an Episcopal parish church in the Broadway district of New Haven. Christ Church follows an Anglo-Catholic style of worship and has a strong focus on urban ministry. The parish began as an offshoot from New Haven's Trinity Church, the central Episcopal church on New Haven's town green. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

The church building, completed in 1898, was designed by architect Henry Vaughan. It is notable for its very fine Gothic architecture, and its central location near downtown New Haven makes it something of a landmark. Its stone tower is modeled on the tower of Magdalen College, Oxford. Vaughn personally chose the artists who created the beautiful interior. Bavarian-born Johannes Kirchmayer executed the intricate wood carving, notable in particular on the rood screen. The stained glass windows (including a large window at the back of the sanctuary above the baptismal font) were created by the noted firm of C.E. Kempe in London. The high altar also features monmunental stone figures and a carved Caen stone reredos inspired by examples in Winchester Cathedral and St. Alban's in England.

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Beth Israel Synagogue

8) Beth Israel Synagogue

Beth Israel, also known as the Orchard Street Shul is a synagogue in New Haven. The congregation was founded in 1913 by an orthodox congregation that was formed in 1913 by Jewish families who had prospered sufficiently to move beyond the neighborhood of first immigrant settlement around Oak and Lafayette Streets to the area of upper Oak Street (renamed Legion Avenue in 1928) and Winthrop Avenue.

First meeting in leased space, in 1915, the congregation moved into a remodeled house at 147 Orchard Street. In 1923 they purchased a lot at 232 Orchard Street for $12,000 (today $164,000) and built the present Colonial revival style building in 1925. The architect was Louis Abramowitz and the builder was C. Abbadessa. By the late twentieth century, the membership was elderly, the Jewish population of the city had moved elsewhere, and the future of the synagogue was in doubt. Efforts to preserve the synagogue are organized by the Cultural Heritage Artists Project. The synagogue was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

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