Saturday, February 26, 2011

Trinity Presbeterian - Ivey & Crook Job #603 1953

Thanks to Clark Goodwin who invited me to breakfast yesterday. It was a TOTALLY AWESOME southern breakfast. Then William J. Morton MD JD (and quite a humorist) discussed his book "The Story of Georgia's Boundaries: A Meeting of History and Geography" It gave me a chance to see Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. It was a delightful way to start the day.

Clark got the sanctuary unlocked for me. I was there alone about 8:45 in the morning, lights off, with my tiny little camera.

The major windows are clear, light flooded in. The small windows have what I'd call a "Crook" lattice in stained glass.

My overall impression is crisp, bright, open, simple, wide rather than deep.

You can see the reflection of a lattice patterned window that's behind me in the narthex.

The shadow behind the lattice of the pipe rooms caught my eye. The dark trim of the pews, the lattice framing the alter make a room-filling geometrical composition.

I missed stained glass at first. Then I caught the light and shadows. The planes of the pews did their own thing with light. I wanted to hold on to the low winter sun.

The aisles are monumental yet cozy, a comfortable route to your seat after the service has started.

Altar and chancel are quiet and curvy, restrained but not simple.


The exteriors are compositions in themselves. I'll return if I can.

For now I'll leave you with a Crook cupola and Crook lattice as seen from the sanctuary. It's charm dialed to 11. While the tall steeple aims at heaven, it's the cupola that draws my eye.

Thanks to Clark, to Trinity Presbyterian Church, and to their Friday men's breakfast. Thanks to William Robert Mitchell Jr. author of Lewis Edmund Crook, Jr. Architect 1898-1967: "A Twentieth-Century Traditionalist in the Deep South". Thanks to Jim Crossley, grandson of Lewis "Buck" Crook who publishes some of Crook's beautiful work on the web.


  1. I really love the side aisles! The columns and vaults with the round head and round windows are a fabulous composition! It is all outstanding.

  2. That certainly is a beautiful church.

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  4. I didn't know Crook was the architect for Trinity Pres. Thanks for the scoop and photos.

  5. Terry great images, the light and the architecture amazing!

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  6. Beautiful how the light cast such a pretty glow on the interiors...the columns and moldings are beautiful and unexpected!

  7. Beautiful photos, Terry! Thanks for sharing them!

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