Historic Trinity Church on Lower Broadway at the Foot of Wall Street. Behind Loom the Towers of One of Manhattan's Newest Giants, the World Trade Center 05/1973

    Newer Older

    Original Caption: Historic Trinity Church on Lower Broadway at the Foot of Wall Street. Behind Loom the Towers of One of Manhattan's Newest Giants, the World Trade Center 05/1973

    U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-7433

    Photographer: Blanche, Wil

    New York (New York state, United States) inhabited place
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Project DOCUMERICA

    Persistent URL: arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=549918

    Repository: Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001.

    For information about ordering reproductions of photographs held by the Still Picture Unit, visit: www.archives.gov/research/order/still-pictures.html

    Reproductions may be ordered via an independent vendor. NARA maintains a list of vendors at www.archives.gov/research/order/vendors-photos-maps-dc.html

    Access Restrictions: Unrestricted
    Use Restrictions: Unrestricted

    Shawn Hoke, Elino4ka, CartLegger, and 122 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Shawn Hoke 61 months ago | reply

      My how things have changed. I pass by here everyday, but will now remember this photo as I do.

    2. chriszarate 55 months ago | reply

      This is actually Historic St. Paul's Chapel at the foot of Park Row.

    3. Messiaen [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

      Very ghostly.

    4. Lizzie~Belle 55 months ago | reply

      The towers look like ghosts. Someone should take a current picture of this scene for comparison.

    5. 加加2010 55 months ago | reply

      I read about this matter and I guess many people will give thanks for your blog.Oil Paintings
      Well, Anyways it certainly was very informative for me.

    6. The U.S. National Archives 55 months ago | reply

      To chriszarate:

      Thanks for your comment! Yes, indeed. This is the famous St. Paul's Chapel at the corner of Park Row and Broadway, near Ground Zero, in lower Manhattan. The Trinity Church reference comes from the original caption given by photographer Wil Blanche in 1973. We will make note of the misidentification.

      Jerry (U.S. National Archives)

    7. truskeptic 55 months ago | reply

      For Lizzie~Belle ...


      I will not be entering this quick snap (taken in whatever light was available at 8.45 this morning) into any competitions! It does, however, approximate to the view above (taken from Park Row). The original was probably taken from further back with a longer lens. Scaffolding and parked cars prohibited my replicating this today. Although there are many pedestrians, (Broadway crosses Park Row at the traffic lights and hundreds of NJ/NY commuters cross this junction each day) traffic-wise, the roads appear much quieter than they are most of the time in reality - I suspect the same may be true of the original (does anyone remember that far back)?

      Most obviously, the towers are missing and the trees in St. Paul's Chapel churchyard have grown significantly. The 'new' black building behind the church is the Millennium Hilton Hotel, (a survivor of 9/11 with only slight damage). In the far distance, and now around 30 floors high, is the steelwork and core of WTC Tower #1 construction - still referred to by most as the 'Freedom Tower'. The footprint of the new tower #1 is located a few yards to the Northwest of where the former North Tower stood and is significantly larger than the originals.

    8. NCIndia 44 months ago | reply

      Here's one that I found is the same view on the day of the catastrophe.

    keyboard shortcuts: previous photo next photo L view in light box F favorite < scroll film strip left > scroll film strip right ? show all shortcuts