Seaman's Church Institute

Seaman's Church Institute (HM2H2C)

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N 40° 42.475', W 74° 0.157'

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50 Broadway (formerly 241 Water Street), James Stewart Polshek, architect 1991

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The Seamen's Church Institute is one of the city's oldest maritime establishments. Founded in 1834 to minister to merchant seafarers, in 1844 the Institute launched floating chapels - Gothic buildings on East River barges - for sailors wary of dry land.
The chapels proved so unexpectedly popular with landlubbers that seats had to be reserved for the seafarers, testifying to New Yorkers' love of novelty.
Though the floating chapels are long gone, the Institute has locations throughout the U.S. and serves sailors all over the world. Once operating at 241 Water Street, it has moved its headquarters to 50 Broadway. Its enormous collection of historic items, once on display at its former Water Street location, has been moved to Queens College. Today, 241 Water Street is occupied by the Blue School.
HM NumberHM2H2C
Placed ByAlliance for Downtown New York
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Date Added Friday, May 24th, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 584251 N 4506812
Decimal Degrees40.70791667, -74.00261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 42.475', W 74° 0.157'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 42' 28.5" N, 74° 0' 9.42" W
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