Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Saturday: Sketch St. Paul's Chapel

The forecast is predicting a gorgeous day 
in the mid 60’s 
and we’re going to be outside -
sketching St. Paul's Chapel!

St. Paul's Chapel is an Episcopal chapel located at 209 Broadway, between Fulton Street and Vesey Street, in Lower Manhattan. Built in 1766, it is the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan and also the oldest public building in continuous use in our town.  It was built on land granted by Anne, Queen of Great Britain. When it was completed it was the tallest building in New York City. It stood in a field some distance from the growing port city to the south.

The chapel survived the Great New York City Fire of 1776 when a quarter of New York City burned following the British capture after the Battle of Long Island.  George Washington, along with members of the United States Congress, worshipped at St. Paul's Chapel on his Inauguration Day, on April 30, 1789.

September 11, 2001
After the attack on 911, which led to the collapse of the twin towers, St. Paul's served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the WTC site. For eight months, hundreds of volunteers worked 12-hour shifts around the clock, serving meals, making beds, counseling and praying with fire fighters, construction workers, police and others.

The fence around the church grounds became the main spot for visitors to place impromptu memorials to the event. After it became filled with flowers, photos, teddy bears, and other paraphernalia, chapel officials decided to erect a number of panels on which visitors could add to the memorial. Estimating that only 15 would be needed in total, they eventually required 400.

St. Paul's Chapel is a site that touches the heart and soul of New York.


When and Where:   We’ll meet at 11 AM in front of the Church at 209 Broadway (b/t Fulton and Vesey St.)

Lunch:  12:30 PM.  Our special plan is to walk along Vessey St. to Brookfield Place where we will meet the Collage group Joy Hecht is running to join them for lunch.

Afternoon:  1:30 PM We’ll sketch the waterfront with great views of the Hudson, the Jersey Palisades, boats etc.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM at The Dark Horse at 17 Murray St (b/t Broadway & Church St) where we will share drawings, good stories and and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

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If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

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