I was recently in New York City for a couple of days for work. I was busy most of the time I was there, but I did manage to sneak in a walk from my hotel near the Flatiron to St. Paul's Chapel a block from the World Trade Center.
St. Paul's Chapel is an Episcopal chapel built in 1766, around the time of the Declaratory Act. It is the oldest surviving church structure in Manhattan, and, according to Wikipedia, "one of the nation's finest examples of Late Georgian church architecture." It's also a National Historic Landmark.
The history of this church is fascinating. I wanted to check it out mainly because it served as the place of worship for Washington on his inauguration day in 1789 but check out the video below for some more of its amazing history.
On my way to St. Paul's, I made a stop in Washington Square Park as well to check out the Washington Square Arch which was built in 1892 to celebrate the centennial of George Washington's inauguration. If you're thinking, gee that looks exactly like the the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, well its design was directly influenced by it.
A couple of days later I was directing a shoot up state and came across these paintings in the hotel lobby:
The paintings are from John Gould who I had trouble finding much information on. He died in 1996 and seems to have made a series of paintings depicting fanciful scenes of the revolutionary era for the bicentennial.