Holy Trinity Chapel - Catholic Center - New York University - NYC (Photo: John Rust)
   
  Holy Trinity Chapel - Catholic Center - New York University - NYC (Photo: John Rust)
 

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Catholic Center at New York University

58 Washington Square South at Thompson Street
New York, N.Y. 10012
http://www.nyu.edu/pages/catholic.center


Holy Trinity Chapel


Holy Trinity Chapel is the primary component of the Catholic Center at New York University. The chapel, which faced Washington Square Park, was the gift of the Generoso Pope family, publisher of Il Progresso Italo-Americano. Eggers & Higgins designed the Catholic Center complex, which was built from 1961-64. The stained-glass windows, reredos and furnishings were designed by Earl C. Neiman.

In 2004, the large chapel congregation merged with nearby St. Joseph's Church, located at 371 Avenue of the Americas and Washington Place, becoming The University Parish of St. Joseph. The NYU Catholic Center continued to operate in facilities directly south of the chapel.

In 2009, the property was purchased by NYU and the chapel and Catholic Center were razed to make way for a new building.
               
Delaware Organ Company, Inc.
Tonawanda, N.Y. (c.1964)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 29 registers, 24 stops, 32 ranks


The organ in Holy Trinity Chapel was built c.1964 by the Delaware Organ Company of Tonawanda, N.Y. As installed on either side of the large reredos at the front of the chapel, the organ greatly benefited from the reverberant acoustic of the room. The movable three-manual drawknob console was positioned in the chancel. In 2009, the organ was dismantled by Meloni & Farrier Organbuilders and put into storage, awaiting restoration and future placement.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
 
Principal
61
4
  Waldflöte
61
8
  Bourdon
61
    Fourniture IV ranks
244
4
  Octave
61
8
  Trumpet
61
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Rohrflöte
61
2
  Schwiegel
61
8
  Viola
61
1 1/3
  Quintflöte
61
8
  Viola Celeste (TC)
49
8
  Fagot
61
4
  Blockflöte
61
    Tremulant  
               
Positive Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes
8
  Gedeckt
61
2
  Principal
61
4
  Prestant
61
    Scharf IV ranks
244
4
  Koppelflöte
61
8
  Krummhorn
61
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Contre Bourdon (ext. Subbass)
12
4
  Choral Bass
32
16
  Principal
32
     Mixture III ranks
96
16
  Subbass
44
16
  Trumpet (ext. GT)
12
8
  Principal
32
8
  Trumpet
GT
8
  Gedeckt (fr. Subbass)
4
  Fagot
SW
               

Holy Trinity Chapel - Catholic Center - New York University - NYC (Photo: John Rust)

 

Holy Trinity Chapel - Catholic Center - New York University - NYC (Photo: John Rust)

 

Holy Trinity Chapel - Catholic Center - New York University - NYC (Photo: John Rust)

               
Sources:
     Catholic Center at NYU web site: http://www.nyu.edu/pages/catholic.center/
     Dunlap, David W. From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.
     Meloni, Anthony. Electronic communication regarding the status in 2009 of the Delaware organ.
     The University of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village web site: http://stjoseph-village.com/

Illustrations:
     John Rust