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St. Paulís Chapel
The columned entrance porch on Broadway leads, surprisingly, directly into the altar-end of the church instead of the rear of the sanctuary – the main entrance is through the Colonial-era churchyard to the west. The white, wooden interior has changed little from George Washingtonís days. The President was a regular during his first years in office, when New York was the nationís capital, and his pew survives, carefully preserved and roped off on the side.
St. Paulís developed a reputation as Downtownís most peaceful oasis – a role suddenly transformed by the collapse of the World Trade Center, directly across Church Street. Within a month of the disaster, St. Paulís had organized a massive relief effort. From October 2001 through June 2002, volunteers from all over the
Despite St. Paulís unexpected role in the wake of the tragedy, life at the Chapel goes on. Besides holding regular religious services, St. Paulís continues to operate a transition shelter for homeless men run by Trinity Church volunteers, and to host weekly noonday concerts open to the public, a tradition since 1968.
Erected by The Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
Location. 40° 42.678′ N, 74° 0.532′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and Vesey Street, on the right when traveling south on Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. William James MacNeven (here, next to this marker); Richard Montgomery (a few steps from this marker); Remains of Maj. Gen. Richard Montgomery (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named St. Paul's Chapel A Historic Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); Honorable Thomas Addis Emmet (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Paulís Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); 100 Year-Old Sycamore (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. The top right of the marker features a picture of George Washington in front of St. Paulís Chapel. It has a caption of “On April 30, 1789, following his inauguration as President at Federal Hall on Wall Street, George Washington walked up to St. Paulís for a special service in solemn procession, accompanied by his Vice President, John Adams, and members of Congress.” Below this is a photograph of “The memorial on St. Paulís wrought-iron fence, May 2002. The spontaneous collage of signed t-shirts, banners, posters, baseball caps, letters, and paper cranes – a symbol of peace – developed into the largest and longest-lasting of such memorials to the victims of 9-11.” The left of the marker contains a photograph of “A piano recital in
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers in lower Manhattan erected by the Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
Also see . . . St. Paul's. Nation's First Monument To Soldier; Washington Worshipped In Church. New York Freedom Trail website. (Submitted on June 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Colonial Era •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,172 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.