Barker Hall exemplifies the gilded age life style of the wealthy industrialists of the early 20th century. The building was a 1929 gift to Trinity Church from the Michigan City railroad car heiress Cathrine Barker Hickox who grew up in the elegance of the Barker Mansion on Washington Street. Her father John Barker was a contemporary of Benjamin Guggenheim, John Jacob Astor and other wealthy passengers on the Titanic. The Great Hall, designed in the romantic Gothic style, is a 3600 square foot oak paneled entertainment space lit by four foot wide tiered chandeliers and 20 ft. tall leaded glass windows.
The Community Arts Society of Trinity (CAST) was recently organized with a mission to honor the Barker Hall legacy of Catherine Barker Hickox by providing educational, recreational, cultural and social activities. Barker Hall is located adjacent to Trinity Church, at the corner of sixth and Franklin Streets, Michigan City, Indiana.