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Trinity Presbyterian Church

3115 Providence Rd, Charlotte NC 28211

On a warm Sunday morning in May 1964, several hundred members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC gathered together in a ceremony to break ground on a new $1 million sanctuary. Members sang "The Church's One Foundation" and were then led in prayer by Rev. Louis Patrick, the pastor, who then broke ground using a spade with "Trinity Sanctuary" lettered on it.

Designed by renowned church architect A. Hensel Fink of Philadelphia, in association with J. N. Pease and Associates of Charlotte, the brick, Georgian-style structure would seat 1,000 people, and include a minister's office and study, a choir and bride's room, and a $65,000 organ.

A year later, in June 1965, about one hundred members peered into the blue sky as the gigantic arm of a crane lifted the gleaming gray, sixty-foot topmost part of the steeple--weighing 3,000 pounds and topped with a 12-ft sterling silver cross--into the air. Once in place, the steeple made the church 168 feet 8-1/2 inches high from ground floor to tiptop. One congregant's child was impressed with how high in the sky he had to look..."all the way to God!"  The first worship service in the new sanctuary was held on Sunday, December 12, 1965, and thus began a new era at Trinity.

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About the Artist

Harold Cooler's peers consider him to be one of the best of the local practitioners of the "art of architecture." In more than 50 years practice in Charlotte, he has consistently produced designs that, though grounded in the rhythms of the classic traditions, have been triumphs of the marriage of a stern pragmatism and bold, innovative style. He credits an indulgent clientele for allowing so much fun in pursuit of his passion.

Since retirement, he has turned his attention to other pursuits, writing two memoirs, "Chicora Chronicle," and "Booster Kuester and Beyond." His latest endeavor involves a return to watercolor renderings, an early skill he developed to enhance conversation with clients.

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