Trinity Church (Manhattan)

New York

Trinity Church (Manhattan)

Located at the head of Wall Street since 1697, Trinity Church has been at the center of life in lower Manhattan since before the nation was formed. Today, the organization has grown to include many important areas of focus and is collectively known as Trinity Wall Street. Most importantly, Trinity Wall Street is an Episcopal parish offering daily worship services and faith formation programs at Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Chapel, and online at

In addition, Trinity Wall Street includes Trinity Grants, providing $72 million in funding to 85 countries since 1972; St. Margaret’s House, providing subsidized housing to the elderly and disabled; Trinity Preschool; Trinity Institute, an annual theological conference; an extensive arts program presenting more than 100 concerts each year through Concerts at One, the Trinity Choir, the Trinity Wall Street Choristers, and the Downtown Youth Chorus; Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, the only active cemetery in New York City; and Trinity Real Estate, which manages the parish’s six million square feet of commercial real estate in lower Manhattan.

Since its founding by charter of King William III of England in 1697, the Parish of Trinity Church has played a pivotal role in the religious life of New York City and the earliest days of our nation. Trinity has ministered to the needs of the poor and disadvantaged since the 1700s when it started the city’s first ministry to African-Americans, both enslaved and free. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Trinity offered special ministries to meet the needs and hopes of successive waves of immigrants who poured into New York. Throughout the years, the parish has started, endowed, or aided churches, schools, hospitals, and other institutions around the world.

There have been three Trinity Church buildings at Broadway and Wall Street. The present Trinity Church, designed by Richard Upjohn and consecrated in1846, is considered a classic example of Gothic Revival architecture and is a National Historic Landmark. The church features some of the earliest examples of stained glass in the United States, as well as Astor family commissions including a marble altar and reredos and beautiful bronze doors with sculpted reliefs. The original burial ground at Trinity Church includes the graves and memorials of many historic figures, including Alexander Hamilton, William Bradford, Robert Fulton, and Albert Gallatin. The churchyard of St. Paul's Chapel, at Broadway and Fulton, also has many historic tombstones.