Work on the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is finally coming to a close on the verge of the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and developed by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the white marble-clad structure is prominently perched 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 that was destroyed by the collapse of the South Tower on 9/11.
At the time of our last update in late June, workers were in the process of finishing the western elevation, where the main entrance sits beneath a pleated glass curtain wall featuring a pattern of crosses. Since then, the remainder of the exterior work has concluded and the cross-topped dome shines brightly in the morning sunlight.
The side staircase along Liberty Street is complete with sidewalk barriers, fencing, and leftover equipment waiting to be cleared away for imminent public access.
Below are photographs of two etched stones flanking the front doors. One has a simple design of the dome and name of the church, while the other stone is inscribed with the words, “To all those who gave their last full measure – Eternal memory,” and a following quote from Evangelist John: “Greater love has no one than this, to sacrifice your life for your friends.” John 15:13. There is an English and Greek translation.
Some finishing touches are still concluding, including the frontage along Liberty Street beneath an arch in the wall. This will likely serve as a secondary entrance for the facility.
Landscaping and flowers cover the sloped terrain around the edges of the building. One World Trade Center stands prominently in the background when walking up the ADA-accessible ramps and steps.
The following close-up photographs show various lighting conditions and the shadows cast across the marble surfaces.