1712 Congregation Founded
1726 Old Stone Church erected at the southwest intersection which is now known as Broad and State Streets
The building, made of native stone, stood nearly 80 years. The interior was typical of early American churches of the period: a pulpit at the north end; galleries on the front and two sides with stairs to the gallery at the front corners; pews were straight with no cushions and the wood work was unpainted.
1753 Trenton Academy established and building built on current site of the church
The building is described as being a one story brick building 30 ft. by 30 ft.
1776 1777 Hessians use the building during their occupation of the city.
1804 “The Old Stone Church” was taken down to make room for its successor.
The record states: “the Old Stone Church is in so ruinous a state that it can no longer continue to accommodate those that wish to worship her in a ‘comfortable manner.’”
1805 15 April Cornerstone for the new church is laid
1806 17 August The new church is dedicated
The building was made of brick, size 48 ft. by 60 ft., with a tower in front with a 4 ft. by 10 ft. copula. The cost of the building was $10,820. The interior contained 72 pews on the main floor, 36 pews in the gallery; 46 pews rented for $12.00 per year; 18 larger pews rents for $14.00 per year; gallery free, with one side reserved for servants.
1807 29 July
Bell is hung in the steeple
A Trenton newspaper reports: “On Saturday the twentieth instant, was hung in the steeple of the new Presbyterian Church in Trenton, a new bell, weighing four hundred and seventy eight pounds, cast by George Hedderly, a bell founder and bellhanger of the City of Philadelphia, which does its founder credit, both for neatness of its casting and its melodious tone.”
1838 10 December
Subscriptions of more than $10,000 are taken by members as they voted to build a new church.
1839 18 January
Notice to Builders
Newspaper – “Notice to Builders”for proposals for the erections of the new church – signed by Messrs. Fish, T. J. Stryker, Armitage Green, C Blackfan, J. S. Scudder, and S. Evans.
1840 19 January
New building dedicated
The new church building, located in the middle of the church yard, occupying the site of the old Trenton Academy, is dedicated.
The building is 104 ft long, 62 ft. wide, with a steeple soaring to 120 ft. Building designed by Horatio Nelson Hotchkiss of New Haven, Connecticut.
The total cost of the building was $16,400.00 without furnishing or organ. As much material from the previous building was used in the new construction. Note the native brownstone base of the church – the materials from the base of the 1806 structure. The total cost with furnishings and organ – $21,000.00.
The building is in the Greek Revival style with Ionic columns. The base as noted above is of native brownstone, above which are walls of brick with a heavy coating of plaster. No steel was used in the structure of the building, all supporting beams are of wood.
The interior of the church is a mixture of many styles of architecture, but predominantly Greek, in keeping with the exterior. The pulpit and entire front of the church is a repetition of the front of the exterior of the building. In the rear of the sanctuary is a gallery, reached by stairs at each corner. The gallery is supported by four fluted columns of Ionic style. The pews are of Jersey pine with trim of highly polished stained oak.
1863 Cemetery fence installed
“The front of the church was greatly improved by building an iron fence and laying a stone walk along the entire front of the property”
Gas was installed for lighting the interior.
Interior walls were painted and other repairs made. Total cost of renovations – $3,400.
1870 Church Renovated
The church is totally renovated. The style of the pews was changed. Walls were frescoed. A small room at the back of the pulpit was added. The organ of 1840 was replaced by a larger one built by Erben of New York City.
1902 Sunday School and meeting rooms on the first floor are renovated
1950 Fellowship Hall erected
1954 Top portion of the Steeple removed
1956 Pastor’s Office erected
1959 Purchase of 109 and 121 E. Hanover Street
1960 Purchase and renovation of 117 E. Hanover Street
1964 Purchase of 111 and 113 E. Hanover Street
Installation of new spire atop the steeple
1969 Purchase of 123 E. Hanover Street
1972 Purchase of 115 E. Hanover Street
1973 Installation of new organ built by Turner and Associates of Hopewell
1992 Renovations to 111, 113, and 115 for use by the Trenton Academy