St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine Update 04/21/22

Facade Work Finishing Up for Historic Manhattan Church

The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, located next to the World Trade Center Memorial, is finally wearing its full marble facade. After the original church was destroyed in the September 11th Attacks in 2001, its rebuilding was plagued by a series of project cancelations, funding issues, and construction halts. When construction finally resumed at the start of last year, work began to proceed slowly, but steadily.

The church's exterior now only lacks a few specially designed trim pieces here and there. A bit of stonework also remains for the base of the structure.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is acting as the developer for the project after the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church signed a formal lease and purchase agreement with the authority in 2017. The agreement is for 198 years, with an additional 99-year extension, and the option to buy. Santiago Calatrava is the leading architect for the project.

The church is located within Liberty Park, which sits on top of the WTC Vehicular Security Center. As a result, the main structure sits above street level, and at grade with the elevated park. The project is loosely scheduled to complete this summer.

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