Did You Know? St. Paul’s Acoustics Made American Music History

The illuminated interior of St. Paul's Chapel.
Did you know that the sounds of St. Paul’s Chapel are permanently preserved? Each year, 25 songs are added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in Washington, D.C.; the songs are chosen to showcase the range and diversity of American recorded sounds and to increase awareness about preservation. Among the most recent batch added to the registry in March 2017 was Judy Collins’ a capella arrangement of Amazing Grace, recorded in 1970 in St. Paul’s. The chapel is a landmark in and of itself; it was officially designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1966.