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Historic St. Paul’s Chapel

 
 
Historic St. Paul’s Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
1. Historic St. Paul’s Chapel Marker
Inscription.  
Welcome to Historic St. Paul’s Chapel
Established in 1766

Manhattan’s Oldest Public Building in Continuous Use
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Witness to The Great Fire of 1776
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Host to George Washington on Inauguration Day
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Survivor of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001

A Parish of Trinity Church in the City of New York

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1818.
 
Location. 40° 42.698′ N, 74° 0.561′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Vesey Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on Vesey Street, at the entrance to the churchyard, between Church Street and Broadway. 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. 100 Year-Old Sycamore (a few steps from this marker); Bell of Hope (a few steps from this marker); New York County Lawyers Association (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bell of Hope (within shouting distance of
Historic St. Paul’s Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
2. Historic St. Paul’s Chapel Marker
This photo of the marker shows ribbons that were placed for the tenth anniversary of the attack.
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this marker); The Churchyard (within shouting distance of this marker); John Holt (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Col. E.M. Bechet, Sieur de Rochefontaine (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul's Chapel - the Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Waddington, NY, 1818, was modeled after this church.
 
Also see . . .
1. Trinity Church - St. Paul's Chapel. (Submitted on June 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. The 1766 St. Paul's Chapel -- Broadway and Fulton Street. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on April 10, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
St. Paul’s Chapel image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
3. St. Paul’s Chapel
The marker is located on the fence seen here at the north entrance to the churchyard.
Historic St. Paul’s Chapel image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
4. Historic St. Paul’s Chapel
During the British occupation of Manhattan during the Revolutionary War, a fire burned down most of lower Manhattan. St. Paul's, being farther north, was not damaged.
On 9/11/2001 the World Trade Center, located adjacent to the churchyard, rained down debris on the church. Again, St. Paul's avoided destruction.
George Washington’s Pew image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
5. George Washington’s Pew
President George Washington sat here while attending services at St. Paul's until the capital was moved to Philadelphia.
Pew of Gov. George Clinton image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
6. Pew of Gov. George Clinton
George Clinton, New York's first governor, used this pew when attending St. Paul's. This pew was used to store supplies during the volunteer ministry following September 11, 2001.
Gen. Montgomery Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
7. Gen. Montgomery Monument
This monument, located at the entrance to the church, honors Gen. Richard Montgomery who fell at the attack of Quebec on December 31, 1775.
Pierre L’Enfant Altarpiece image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
8. Pierre L’Enfant Altarpiece
The altar inside St. Paul's was designed by French veteran of the American Revolution, Pierre L’Enfant, who designed Washington, D.C.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,217 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on December 4, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. Photos:   1. submitted on June 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   2. submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3. submitted on June 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 24, 2022