Construction is getting close to completion on St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in the Financial District. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and developed by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the reinforced concrete structure sits atop Liberty Park by the intersection of Greenwich and Liberty Streets. The ground floor of the religious facility is adjacent to the elevated park space and also rests on the roof of the vehicle security center for the subterranean ramps that run beneath the World Trade Center.
Work has continued to progress since our last update in November, with some unexpected changes. The pleated white marble panels from the western elevation facing Liberty Park have been taken off, revealing a glass-clad wall. At the same time, more sections have been enclosed in marble, notably the domed caps on the corners of the western face.
The clear glass façade follows the gently convex outline and is framed with white mullions. The assembly comes to a curved glass top, while the ceiling behind the envelope slops back down. Crews can be spotted through the glass working on all parts of the interior, including the main domed section of the church. The reasons for this departure remain unclear, though this transparent envelope will bring in a lot more natural light, especially in the afternoon.
The cross on top of the dome has been removed again while workers continue to finish up the roof sections. Only a handful marble panels on various portions of the façade remain to be installed.
The northern staircase remains closed off with the lower set of stairs clad with dark stone. Metal handrails, glass panels, and the rest of the stone finish should go in place in the coming weeks.
It’s unclear as to when St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church will open to the public. YIMBY previously projected the completion of the church for this upcoming April, though it looks like it could be around the middle of the year.