Historic Churches of New York


Worship arrived in America with the first humans hundreds of thousands of years ago. The first temples built, before the arrival of Europeans, are not well known. Religion has played an important role in the history of U.S.A. Much has changed with the arrival of European immigrants.

The first known houses of worship in New York City were built in the 17th century by Dutch settlers. Since then, many others churches have been built in the City. Some of the oldest existing churches were built in the 18th century.

During the Independence War (1775-1783) some churches were dismantled by the British troops and used for storage, as hospital or as prison. Some were burned in by the Great Fire of 1776, like the first temple of Trinity Church.

By 1860, there were over 250 churches in New York City, many occupying temples of real architectural distinction.


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Historic Buildings of NYC


Churches in New York City:

Brick Presbyterian Church, 1st temple, Beekman Street

Brick Presbyterian Church, 2nd temple, Fifth Avenue

Brick Presbyterian Church, 3rd temple, Park Avenue

Calvary Church (Episcopal), Park Avenue South

Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue

Central Presbyterian Church, Park Avenue, at 64th St.

Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion, Governors Island

Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal), Lexington Avenue

Church of the Holy Trinity (2nd temple), Madison Avenue

Church of the Holy Trinity (3rd temple), East 88th Street

Church of the Strangers, Mercer Street and Waverly Place

Church of the Transfiguration, East 29th Street

Dutch Reformed Church, Washington Square

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at West 55th Street

Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church at East 22nd Street

Grace Church (Episcopal), 2nd temple, 800 Broadway

Madison Square Presbyterian Church (1854)

Madison Square Presbyterian Church (1906)

Marble Collegiate Church, 5th Avenue at 29th Street

New Dutch Church, Nassau and Liberty streets

North Dutch Church, Fulton and William streets

Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, Brooklyn

Riverside Church, Baptist congregation, Riverside Drive

Rutgers Presbyterian Church (old temple), Broadway

South Dutch Reformed Church, 5th Avenue at 21st Street

St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Park Avenue

St. George's Episcopal Church, Stuyvesant Square

St. John's Chapel (parish of Trinity Church), Varick Street

St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church, 2nd Avenue. & 11th St.

St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Fifth Avenue

St. Paul's Chapel (parish of Trinity Church), Broadway

Temple Emanu-El (Synagogue, demolished), Fifth Avenue

Trinity Church, Episcopal Parish, Broadway and Wall Street

Unitarian Church of the Messiah (Community Church)


Broadway showing Trinity Church and Grace Church based on drawing by William Strickland (1787-1854), dated 1812. Source: Columbia University.

This is the second temple of Trinity Church, completed in 1790 and demolished, in 1839. Grace Church, old temple on the corner of Broadway and Rector Street, held the first worship service on December 21, 1808. The new building, where the church sits today, was consecrated on March 7, 1846.


Trinity Church



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Saint Patrick Cathedral


St. John Chapel


New Dutch Church


Brick Church


Cathedral Saint John


Marble Collegiate Church


Grace Church


Church Holy Trinity


Riverside Church


Historic Buildings


Synod Hall NY


Saint George's Church


Church Transfiguration


North Dutch Church NY


Saint Mark's Church


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Calvary Church




Church Missions House


Central Presbyterian Church


New York City 19th century


Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church


Old City New York




St. Paul's Chapel images


Historic Churches of New York





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