Trocadero gets its name from the Isla del Trocadero, an island in the Bay of Cádiz, in south-central Spain. Its fort was taken at the Battle of Trocadero (1823), itself a decisive battle in the Spanish Civil War (1820-3). The battle was commemorated by the Place du Trocadéro in Paris, which has given the word new life in the name of popular restaurants and night clubs. "I suppose John picked the word because it has a Spanish-looking ending appropriate for the name of a Spanish monastery."
The unnamed abbot was several centuries ahead of the so-called Carpenter Gothic architectural style. This late 19th Century North American was an application of Gothic Revival architectural detailing and picturesque massing applied to wooden structures. One of the best-known examples is the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, as seen in artist Grant Wood's famous painting.