March 29, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

We’ve been working with the congregation and school at Trinity Episcopal Church in Victoria, Texas for the past year completing their master plan and now working to implement an initial project. The church courtyard is a beautiful space, with a quiet serenity that everyone loves and will be preserved as the master plan is developed. Among the many architectural features that contribute to making this space so special are two elements that aren’t necessarily associated with each other, ringing bells and running water. The bell tower is a majestic structure made of three masonry pillars that rise from a low fountain.


Trinity_Bell_Towere.jpgIn many instances, the architecture we now call Mid Century Modern experimented with new forms or materials. Sometimes those experiments resulted in extras when it came to long-term maintenance. The fountain, after many years, needed repairs. Rather than merely replace the reflecting pool, the church added a recirculating fountain. Now water emerges and flows down the base of the central pillar and creates ripples in the pool. A quote from John, 4:14 is etched in the new capstones: “….the water that I shall give him shall become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Adding a fountain contributed another important element to the courtyard experience, the gentle sound of running water. From a distance, the sight and sound of the bell tower offer a ceremonial call for worship. From close up, the rippling pond and flowing water offer an intimate call to the spiritual.


Trinity Episcopal Church, 1501 N. Glass St.Victoria, TX 77901

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