St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church completes construction in Manhattan’s Financial District

Work on St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is finally nearing completion as the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the white marble-clad structure sits prominently atop Liberty Park, just south of the original World Trade Center complex in the Financial District, and is the long-awaited replacement for the former church of the same name which was destroyed by the collapse of the South Tower on 9/11.

At the time of our last update in late June, workers were finishing the west elevation, where the main entrance sits under a pleated glass curtain wall with a cross pattern. Since then, the rest of the exterior work has been completed and the cross-topped dome shines brightly in the morning sunlight.

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

The side staircase along Liberty Street is complete with sidewalk barriers, fencing and remnants of equipment waiting to be cleared away for imminent public access.

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Below are photographs of two carved stones flanking the entrance doors. One has a simple design of the dome and the name of the church, while the other stone is inscribed with the words, “To all who gave their last full measure – Eternal Memory”, and a following quote from Evangelist John: “The greatest love has none but this, laying down your life for your friends.” John 15:13. There is a translation in English and Greek.

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Some finishing touches are still in progress, including the facade along Liberty Street under an arch in the wall. This will probably serve as a secondary entry for the installation.

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Landscaping and flowers cover the sloping ground around the edges of the building. One World Trade Center stands prominently in the background as you ascend the ADA-accessible ramps and steps.

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

The following close-up photographs show various lighting conditions and the shadows cast on the marble surfaces.

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by Michael Young

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