Interior, St. Paul’s Chapel

Interior, St. Paul's Chapel - New York, New York

Interior, St. Paul’s Chapel – New York, New York

Beyond the decorative flourish on the columns, the interior of St. Paul’s Chapel is remarkably restrained. There’s a simple purity to the design, almost minimalist — a far cry from the ornate churches in Europe. I don’t know if this simplicity is due to the lack of funds for this colonial-era chapel or if it’s a characteristic of Late Georgian church architecture.

Completed in 1766, it was the tallest building in New York City. George Washington and members of the United States Congress worshiped here during the two years New York City was the country’s capital.

I am pausing the New York coverage for a short time and will switch to recent events closer to home. Although I’m over halfway through my June NYC trip, there is much to cover — including my favorite, spectacular views.

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2 thoughts on “Interior, St. Paul’s Chapel

  1. Interesting, I thought this interior looked familiar. It is strikingly similar to St. Martin-in-the-fields, London. The London church was built in the mid-1720s, the New York city church in the mid-1760s, so perhaps not suprising the London church might have been the template for both interior and exterior design.

    1. Interesting, thanks for your comment, GH Shaffer. That would indicate the sparse and clean interior was due to purposeful design rather than a lack of funds in the colonies.

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