Founded in 1697, Trinity Church is a vibrant Episcopal parish and grant-making organization, streaming funds throughout the city and the world, as well as a resource for Lower Manhattan's commuters and tourists, who find inspirational music within its walls.
Through its congregational staff and maintenance teams, it is a sacred oasis amid the busy downtown streets. It is also the home of St. Paul's Chapel, the "little chapel that stood" after September 11, which now serves as a congregation for peace and reconciliation.
If you are traveling to New York City, feel free to stop by the Welcome Center and museum.
A permanent exhibit traces the church's history from the 1600s to the present. Temporary exhibits each year focus on the fine arts, or draw on historical documents, maps, prints and drawings that relate to the social and religious life of the parish. "It Is Done," for example, commemorated the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration, which took place nearby at today’s Federal Hall. Both church and chapel offer regular music programs. The free, weekly Concerts at One series of chamber, recital and contemporary classical music is performed every Thursday at 1 pm from September to May.
Trinity Church was designed by Richard Upjohn and completed in 1846. It is a classic example of Gothic Revival architecture. The bas-relief doors designed by Richard Morris Hunt depict biblical scenes. This is actually the third Trinity Church. The first, built in 1697, was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1776, which consumed much of the city. The second, finished in 1790 and possessing a 200-foot steeple, was razed in 1839 due to structural flaws. Alexander Hamilton is buried in the Greco-Egyptian-style tomb in the adjacent cemetery.