Architecture & History

Architecture & History

History of the parish and building . . .

Holy Trinity is one of the oldest parishes in the Edmonton area. It was founded in 1893 In the Town of Strathcona across the North Saskatchewan River from Edmonton – about the time the Canadian Pacific railway arrived from Calgary; and prior to the creation of the Province of Alberta and the arrival of the transcontinental railways (1905), the foundation of the University of Alberta (1908), the building of the High Level Bridge and the amalgamation of Edmonton and Strathcona (1912), and the creation of the Diocese of Edmonton in 1913.

The Church is made of clinker-bricks. It is a provincial registered historic site. The traditional nature of our Church building is a symbol of tradition, continuity and spirituality. Many people are first attracted to Holy Trinity because of the building. We hope that the traditional exterior does not discourage those who have had no church experience from visiting us. We welcome visitors and try to put them at ease by following a “User-friendly” order of service in booklet form.

1893 First Service held in the Canadian Pacific Railway Station, Strathcona.

1896 The first church (wooden) was built at 81st Avenue and 100 Street.

1900 A site at 84th Avenue and 101st Street was donated.

1902 Building was started on the clinker brick church.

1906 The basement of the church was almost complete, but then an economic depression hit and work on the building was stopped.

1909 A temporary roof was built over the basement and church services were held there.

1913 The building was completed at a cost of $36,000.

1914-1918 The Rector and many parishioners served in World War I.

1923 The Casavant Pipe Organ was in installed in memory of those who served in World War I

1939-1945 During World War II, 235 men and women of the congregation served.

1993 Holy Trinity Parish celebrates its Centenary.

2001 The vibrant community of Holy Trinity seeks new ways to be relevant in today’s society and fulfill its Mission and Vision.

2003 Installation of a wheel chair assessable Lift.

2003 Holy Trinity celebrates 110 years as a parish and the 90th anniversary of the current church building.