May 1, 2017
A year ago on what was a quiet Easter Sunday we learned the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava was ablaze. A photo from someone’s twitter feed showed a tongue of fire lashing from the church’s giant wheel window. Jenniece was in the office that day and saw the fire firsthand. As a preservationist in New York, I’ve learned to not dwell on losses long and instead, shift focus to new challenges. But this one is different: A gorgeous Richard-f—king-Upjohn Gothic edifice. There’s a pang I feel every time I arrive on the block; I’m sure I’m not the only one. The surviving outer walls have provided a unique opportunity to study its pre-machine age construction, which drew on the same building traditions employed for hundreds of years. The fire was just one event in what became a momentous year. Many parallels can be drawn, but I’ll leave it at this: Those walls are solid.
– Marissa Marvelli, BKSK Historic Preservation Specialist
To read a fuller history of the church, check out our previous Po(st).
May 4, 2016
Our neighbor, the Cathedral of St. Sava
Since 1986, BKSK has shared the block on West 25th Street with the Cathedral of St. Sava. Its presence in our urban view has been a steady reminder of architectural traditions that we treasure and strive to honor. Even more than that, the church has been a quietly reassuring presence in our lives, including on the morning we witnessed the destruction of the World Trade Center. An echo of the havoc wrought that day has come to our block and our church. From our fourth floor windows, we are now able to ponder the remains, and we can begin to hope for some form of a revival.
So, for those of us who now say to themselves, “Maybe I should have looked a little harder, or gone inside when the building was open, and perhaps been more aware of the work of Richard Upjohn,” here is some background on its history and recent past: Read More