Trinity United Methodist Church has a rich history dating all the way back to 1859. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, owing to its magnificent architecture and over 160 years of service to the local community. As one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Denver, the church is known largely for its dazzling stained glass windows and striking pointed arches. These days, this breathtaking architectural gem is home to a host of events including the enchanting series of Candlelight concerts.
Located on Broadway, the church is a 10-minute walk from Colorado State Capitol and Civic Center Park. The closest bus stop is on 19th Ave & Broadway, and you can take the 28 bus to get there.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about Trinity United Methodist Church
1. Once the tallest tower
Nowadays, the height of Trinity United Methodist Church’s high tower isn’t so impressive when compared to the city’s other towering buildings and skyscrapers. However, when it was first constructed in the mid 1800s, the 183 ft structure looked out over the city, and was actually one of the tallest stone towers in the country at that time.
2. A priceless organ takes center stage
In the late 1800s, Isaac Blake was appointed as the church’s official music director. Blake donated $30,000 of his own money to fund the construction of a grand organ that would take center stage inside the historic church. Designed by the Roosevelt Organ Works of New York, the organ took 18 months to finish and is now worth an estimated $2,500,000.
3. Innovative techniques helped bring in all the beauty
Designed by Healy and Millet of Chicago, the church’s stunning stained glass windows are one of the building’s most striking features. Although painting glass windows was common practice in the 19th century, this church’s windows were made using colored and textured opalescent glass. The use of this method to add color to the windows was totally new at the time, and Healy and Millet were hailed for leading this innovation in the world of design.
The breathtaking series of Candlelight concerts continue to light up this historic gem located in downtown Denver. As a sea of twinkling candles illuminates everything around you, talented musicians work their magic on iconic songs and compositions by the likes of Pink Floyd, Hans Zimmer and more. What’s more, special seasonal concerts celebrating classic Halloween tunes and festive holiday favorites will also be dazzling audiences with stunning live music and thousands of flickering candles.
What else can you do at Trinity United Methodist Church?
Aside from experiencing a magical Candlelight concert, you can also attend the weekly sermons that are open to all. They run community groups including a music and arts program that encourages locals to nurture their talent and creativity. From the choir to the band, everyone is welcome to get involved in these exciting programs.
The church’s unique blend of Gothic detailing and breathtaking architecture is truly a treat for the eyes, and the soothing sounds of live music performed by candlelight is a treat for the ears, too.
There’s a wide range of beautiful venues located across Denver that are hosting this series of magnificent Candlelight concerts. From The Kirk of Highland to Wings Over The Rockies, these locations are brimming with history, charm or both.