New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Standing Against All Odds
St. Paulís Chapel has withstood adversity throughout its many years. On September 21, 1776, ten years after the Chapel opened, a raging fire swept through Lower Manhattan, destroying a quarter of the city, including Trinity Church (St. Paulís parish home). The community saved St. Paulís by forming a bucket brigade and dousing the Chapel with water. With Trinity in ruins, St. Paulís became the primary church until 1790.
225 years later, another tragedy struck on September 11, 2001. The collapse of the World Trade Center buildings across the street from St. Paulís left Lower Manhattan and St. Paulís churchyard littered with debris. Miraculously there was no physical damage to the Chapel itself. For nine months after the attacks, St. Paulís offered Ground Zero recovery workers a place to rest, eat, and receive medical care. On November 3, 2003, more than two years later, the churchyard reopened to the public.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Disasters. A significant historical year for this entry is 2001.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Majors Job Sumner and John Lucas (here, next to this marker); St. Paul's Chapel - the Building (a few steps from this marker); Lt. Col. E.M. Bechet, Sieur de Rochefontaine (a few steps from this marker); The Fence (a few steps from this marker); The Building (a few steps from this marker); George Frederick Cooke (a few steps from this marker); The Churchyard (within shouting distance of this marker); George I. Eacker (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. The marker is in the St. Paul's Chapel graveyard.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on February 3, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 29, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.