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Work Continues on Exterior of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine

NEW YORK – Work continues on the exterior of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center, New York YIMBY reported on August 3, noting that the church was designed by Santiago Calatrava and is located at Liberty Park in the Financial District. 

YIMBY’s previous update, “in early May showed the first segments of the white marble going up around the center line of each side in a wide, pleated fashion,” and “now, we can see some of the corners enclosed, while other edges are prepped with metal clips attached to the concrete walls.”

“Crews in cherry pickers are working on all sides at different heights, including on top and within the structural frame of the dome,” YIMBY reported, adding that “the cross appears to have been temporarily removed from the pinnacle, most likely as a safety precaution as installation has begun on a couple of marble panels for the dome.”

“Meanwhile, work is also underway on the last set of staircases on the northern edge of Liberty Park, which likely won’t open until St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church gets closer to completion,” YIMBY reported, noting that “a wide arch directly beneath the staircase is now outlined with a dark stone finish and could conceivably serve as a secondary ADA-accessible entrance to bring people directly up inside the church.”

“One other minor detail in the façade is a square window facing the 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center complex,” YIMBY reported, adding that it “expects more of the marble cladding to be delivered and installed throughout the rest of the summer and into the fall and winter months.”

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