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St. Paul’s Chapel is temporarily closed for restoration. Read more here.

How to you determine which paint color is historically accurate?

Well, it’s a mix of archeology, research, and educated guessing.

St. Paul’s Chapel was painted pink and blue in the 60s. Earlier this

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St. Paul’s Chapel is temporarily closed for restoration. Read more here.

After a thorough decision making process that involved analyzing hundreds of paint samples to determine what the original colors may have been, staff and vestry members finalized colors for St. Paul’s Chapel last week.

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Dear Parish Community,

As you are aware, St. Paul’s Chapel is undergoing an extensive restoration to the historic, 250-year-old building. Understanding the importance of St. Paul’s to our worshipping community and visitors alike, we have worked to keep the chapel open during this process. However, after extensive conversations with our contractors about safety, we now have decided to close the Chapel temporarily until restoration is finished. 

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Due to heat and the high likelihood of inclement weather, the 8am and 9:15am services will be held across the street from St. Pauls' Chapel at 14 Vesey Street on Sunday, August 14.
 
The entrance is located directly north of St. Paul’s Churchyard, on Vesey Street between Broadway and Church Street.Read more

What’s under the floors of St. Paul’s Chapel? Well, mostly mud and tile, but also some stairs to nowhere.

As the chapel is undergoing restoration, parts of the floor are being removed to be fixed or to checked to see what’ is under the carpet and marble. Installed in 1831, the current marble floors were repaired or partially

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As primer goes up on the roof and on the chapel walls, the chandeliers are temporarily coming down.

The chandeliers were purchased in 1802 and originally held candles. In 1856, St. Paul’s Chapel was converted to gaslight and the chandeliers were given to upstate churches. Sometime between 1913 and 1925, the chandeliers were purchased back from these churches

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David Dunlap, a longtime reporter at The New York Times, has written about St. Paul’s restoration for the Building Blocks column, appearing in today’s print edition. Read the story Read more

What does it take to restore a space like St. Paul’s Chapel? According to EverGreene project manager Max Newroth:

Gallons of paint: 400-500 gallons
Scaffolding “deck:” 1600 square feet, 800 square feet of which comprises the rolling towers
Hours to build the scaffold: 150 ‘man-days’
Hours to build the scaffold
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During worship services at St. Paul’s Chapel, Fr. Daniel Simons often asks, “What do you notice?”

Anyone walking into St. Paul’s today will notice scaffolding hugging the east and west sides of the space, drop cloths and soft boards covering the floors, groups of tools and machines unrecognizable to most of us.

For a while now, Max Newroth,

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Workers prepare for painting on the Broadway side of St. Paul’s. Luke Johns, Trinity’s Senior Project Manager, said jobs like St. Paul’s restoration require workers to produce a wall prep sample and a paint sample before the project can begin. A wall prep sample shows what the wall will look like before painting. A paint sample shows what the paint will look like

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