Trinity Church at the foot of Wall Street

Trinity Church at the foot of Wall Street was chartered by King William III of England in 1697. When the present Trinity Church was consecrated on Ascension Day 1846, its soaring Neo-Gothic spire, surmounted by a gilded cross, dominated the skyline of lower Manhattan. The Mayor of New York described the church as the "glory of our City." There have been three Trinity Church buildings at Broadway and Wall Street. The present Trinity Church consecrated on Ascension Day in 1846, is considered a classic example of Gothic Revival architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original burial ground at Trinity Church, which was used by all denominations, includes the graves and memorials of many historic figures, including Alexander Hamilton, William Bradford, Robert Fulton, and Albert Gallatin.

The planes hit, and there was organ music in Trinity Church. When the mighty crescendo of the first cascading trade-center tower began, the music stopped. And after inhaling pulverized concrete and steel, Trinity�s organ, one of the city�s largest, has not been played in the six months since. "The last thing anyone thought was to turn off the organ," says Owen Burdick, Trinity's organist and choirmaster.