The chapel was constructed in 1932 and designed by Frohman, Robb and Little in the Gothic style. Throughout its construction, workers removed their hats upon entering the structure and in general felt a reverence towards the project, sometimes working for little or no wages due to the Great Depression. They attended weekly services and donated a stained glass window from money they had pooled amongst them.
Inside the chapel, there is exquisite woodworking, including hand-carved pew ends sculpted by J. Gregory Wiggins of Pomfret, Conn. Each one was a memorial or gift and represents allegorical and historical scenes, people or objects.
The chapel tower features a 59-bell carillon. The cloister, south of the chapel, has embedded in its masonry, stones of historic value, including one taken from the Great Wall of China; one from Mount Sinai; another from the dungeon in which Joan d'Arc was confined; from Canterbury Cathedral and Trinity College in England, among others.
An all-male school from its beginnings, Trinity College began admitting women as undergraduates in the late 1960's.
In 1995, Trinity turned its attention to the needs of the neighborhoods surrounding its campus. The "Learning Corridor," was constructed, comprised of a public, Montessori-style elementary school, neighborhood middle school, math, science and art high school resource center to serve suburban as well as Hartford students and teachers, center for families and child care, the first Boys & Girls Club in the country to be located at a college, and a health and technology center. These resources provide Trinity students and faculty with opportunities to engage in volunteer work, internships and research projects.
Cinestudio, located on campus, is an independent film theater with a classic movie palace atmosphere. A single-screen venue with a seating capacity of a 500, it has a balcony, operational gold screen curtain and the decor features a gold lion insignia.
In addition, Trinity has developed the Hartford Studies Project, which maintains an archive documenting the city’s history since the 1880s, organizes public events such as exhibits and fora, and sponsors a course offered to undergraduate and grad students.
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