"Shea and about 50 others attended the last service Sunday afternoon at Church of the Holy Cross, which decided to close after congregants there dwindled to about a dozen.
"The church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, opened in 1844 as an offshoot of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Troy. The Mary Warren school, an educational, spiritual and musical institution for impoverished girls, was connected to the church and opened at that location in 1862 thanks to the philanthropic works of the Warren family of Troy. The school, which taught grades 1 to 8, closed in the 1960s. The church also organized one of the first choirs held during an Episcopal service in the U.S.
"Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is in talks to purchase the property, which also includes the connected rectory and school building, according to Claude Rounds, vice president for administration. Rounds said RPI would keep the building's architectural integrity intact."