Holy Trinity Heritage Court

Dedicated in October 1977, the Holy Trinity Heritage Court commemorates the history of Roman Catholics in southern Indiana. The court marks the site of the former Holy Trinity Church. The court includes portions of the original brick foundation of the church and two bronze bells. Fire destroyed the church on December 29, 1975. Holy Trinity Heritage Court is a a site of remembrance, celebration, and pilgrimage for Catholics in southern Indiana.

Holy Trinity Church served as the first of four Catholic parishes in New Albany. The site of the church has been an anchor of Catholicism in New Albany since 1837, when Father Louis Neyron purchased the lot and had a small one-story structure built on the location to offer mass. As membership grew, parishioners developed plans for the construction of a brick church. Tensions between Irish and German parishioners resulted in a split. When completed in 1852, the Gothic-style church building served the Irish members. In 1865, Father John Mougin blessed two bronze bells in a special ceremony. During the December 29, 1975, fire, the bells fell from the steeple and cracked on the front steps of the building.

Following the fire, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis rejected plans to rebuild on the site. Holy Trinity parishioners joined St. Mary’s of the Annunciation and other Catholic churches in the area. Members of the former parish chose to allocate money from the insurance settlement for the construction of Holy Trinity Heritage Court. In April 1977, former members of the church helped plant 150 trees on the site to commemorate the parish’s history. Many of the former church buildings have been repurposed; the former rectory served as the location of religious agencies for thirty years. Recently, the St. Elizabeth Maternity Center completed a full renovation of the building to serve as its central office.

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Church Remnants

Church Remnants

Remnants of the brick foundation of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The church burned in 1975. The site now serves as Holy Trinity Heritage Court. Image courtesy of Daniel Vivian. | Source: Daniel Vivian | Creator: Daniel Vivian View File Details Page

1975 Fire

1975 Fire

New Albany firefighters work to extinguish the fire that destroyed Holy Trinity Church on December 29, 1975. The site of the former church is now Holy Trinity Heritage Court. Image courtesy of New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Digital Collection. | Source: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Digital Collection View File Details Page

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

View of Holy Trinity Catholic Church taken sometime before December 1975. Image courtesy of New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Collections. | Source: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Collections. View File Details Page

Commemorative Plaque

Commemorative Plaque

A plaque provides information about Holy Trinity Church and the development of Holy Trinity Heritage Court. Image courtesy of Daniel Vivian. | Source: Daniel Vivian | Creator: Daniel Vivian View File Details Page

Bells

Bells

Two of the bronze bells that hung in Holy Trinity Catholic Church. During the 1975 fire, the bells fell from the steeple and cracked on the front steps. The bell at left dates from 1865. Image courtesy of Daniel Vivian. | Source: Daniel Vivian | Creator: Daniel Vivian View File Details Page

Foundations

Foundations

Surviving foundations of Holy Trinity Church Image courtesy of Daniel Vivian | Source: Daniel Vivian | Creator: Daniel Vivian View File Details Page

Aerial View

Aerial View

Holy Trinity Catholic Church shown with Holy Trinity School on the right and the School Administration Building on the left. Image courtesy of New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Digital Collections. | Source: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Digital Collections | Creator: Henry DeWolf Aerial Surveys View File Details Page

Altar

Altar

The altar of Holy Trinity Church. Image courtesy of New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Digital Collection | Source: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Digital Collections View File Details Page

Pastors

Pastors

Six pastors served Holy Trinity Church during the 139-year history of the parish: Louis Francis Negron (1836-1863), John Mougin (1863-1881), John B. Kelly (1881-1905), Charles Curran (1905-1934), Joseph E. Hamill (1934-1962), and Bernard W. Gerdon (1962-1975). Image courtesy of New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Digital Collections | Source: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Digital Collections View File Details Page

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Interior of Holy Trinity Church as it appeared during the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). Image courtesy of New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Digital Collections. | Source: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Digital Collections View File Details Page

Vestments Cabinet

Vestments Cabinet

After the church burned, Robert Applegate repurposed the vestments cabinet as a desk in his architect's office. The cabinet now serves St. Mary's of the Annunciation parish in New Albany. Image courtesy of New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Digital Collections. | Source: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Digital Collections View File Details Page

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Carl Creason, Hannah O'Daniel, Katherine Gann, Daniel Michael, and Leanna Smith, “Holy Trinity Heritage Court,” Discover Indiana, accessed July 28, 2017, http://indyhist.iupui.edu/items/show/142.
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