On the corner of Pearl and Broad streets stands Fraunces Tavern, built as a home in 1719 then converted to a tavern in 1762 by Samuel Fraunces. It was here that George Washington bid his officers farewell after the Revolutionary War in 1783. Open to visitors on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The main floor is a restaurant, the museum on the second and third floors contains Revolutionary War artefacts. Entrance is free.
Returning to Nassau Street, behind Federal Hall you can admire the shining glass and aluminum tower of the Chase Manhattan Bank, built in 1961. About 15,000 people work in
Wall Street’s unlikely neighbours: hubbub of Stock Exchange, calm of Trinity Church’s old cemetery this 65-storey structure. The plaza leading to the building contains some very good modern statues by Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi and Frenchman Jean Dubuffet.
The Episcopalian Trinity Church on Broadway and Wall Street was built in 1846 in neo-Gothic style with bronze doors copied from the Baptistery in Florence. Some 280 feet high, the spire holds a bell dating from the 18th century. In the adjacent cemetery you can see the tombstones of many illustrious Americans, including Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers, Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat, and Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas Jefferson. Trinity Church is one of New York’s richest landlords, with extensive holdings going back to colonial times.
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