Work is continuing on Santiago Calatrava‘s St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in the Financial District. Located by the intersection of Greenwich Street and Liberty Street in the elevated Liberty Park, the structure will serve as the new home for the long-established church that was formerly located at 155 Cedar Street until it was destroyed on 9/11. Calatrava’s architectural concept for the church was inspired by Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia and Church of the Holy Savior of Chora. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is developing the project, which sits directly to the south of the original 16-acre World Trade Center complex.
Recent photos show the progress since our last update back in early September. The bare concrete walls on the two right-angled corners of the eastern elevation have been painted teal. Between these walls, the white plastic sheets that covered the cylindrical outline of the church have been removed, revealing a white metal structural framework. The same assembly can also be seen on the northern and southern sides. This will support a portion of the final curtain wall, which is depicted in renderings illuminated at night, much like the nearby Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. The construction fence around the western and main profile of the edifice is still standing, and a final set of staircases that lead down to Liberty Street is underway.
No formal completion date has been announced for the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. However, based on the pace of construction, sometime in late 2021 or early 2022 is conceivable.