Protestant Episcopal Church, St. Philip's on Mulberry Street

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Negative #75721


circa 1860


photograph by G. Stacy


Collection of the New-York Historical Society
In 1857 St. Philip’s moved from its original building on Centre Street to a more convenient location uptown on Mulberry Street. Despite their lack of funds, parishioners immediately set to work to beautify the new sanctuary. During the draft riots, authorities occupied the church as a barracks to house military troops brought in to restore order. The soldiers left the church heavily damaged. Devastated, St. Philip's parishioners demanded reparations from the city and the federal govermnment. It took them a full eight years to be reimbursed $1,500 out of the $2,500 requested.



photograph by G. Stacy, “Protestant Episcopal Church, St. Philip's on Mulberry Street ,” Black Gotham Archive, accessed July 10, 2018,