Why is this building significant?
The design of this imposing church, a rare example of Byzantine Revival architecture in New York, was based on Hagia Sophia, built in Istanbul during the 17th century. The composition, adjusted from a square format to suit its rectangular site, features a central dome surrounded by smaller domes. The church’s interior is distinguished by mosaics, metalwork, and frescoes designed and crafted in the manner of the Beuron art school, founded by German Benedictine monks in the late 19th century.
What did the New York Landmarks Conservancy do?
We made referrals to a preservation architect, met with Archdiocese officials to discuss the need for the roof project, gave $40,000 and helped obtain a $500,000 New York State grant towards a $2.8-million project to restore the building’s roof and façade.