7. Fictional Church of the Apostles from Pierre: or, The Ambiguities (82 Nassau)

Though there is no actual church to be seen at 82 Nassau, Herman Melville did re-imagine this address as the location for Pierre‘s fictional Church of the Apostles. Five buildings down from Fulton Street and on the right of Nassau, this church was supposedly desecrated in 1848 to make way for commercial spaces including law offices and vacant living chambers for “painters, poets, and fugitive French Politicians.” This quasi-autobiographical story describes Pierre as having occupied one of the rooms in this church to work on a book.