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  1. Rdr. James Morgan

    I wish you could have shown a pic of the interior of Holy Trinity Wilkeson WA. We think it is ‘just like home’! Many of the furnishings (some icons, lampadas, banners etc.) were sent as a kind of ‘mission kit’ from Russia.

  2. Wow!!!! This is an amazing design. Makes my heart glad just to think about worshiping in such a space.

  3. Fr. Ilija (Eli) Balach

    Having designed a number of churches I know how challenging it is, especially a remodel or renovation. Congratulations on a great solution!

    Fr. Ilija (Eli) Balach
    architect

  4. Mother Sophronia Hofstead

    Although I sadly dont have a photo to send you, another wonderful example is the 100 year old Church of the Holy Resurrection in Berlin, NH. White clapboard church building with blue and gold domes. It sits atop Mount Forist Street.

    1. Yes, indeed, a most impressive example. There are several others I know of in New England, such as Salem, MA. And Holy Resurrection in Claremont, NH, although somewhat later in date, should count as well.

      1. Valerie Yova

        Gorgeous, Andrew! I grew up in Ohio, have visited the monastery and Fr. Joseph. The chapel is already stunning, but small. Your design will maintain the beauty and blend with the local culture. I love it and can’t wait to see it completed.

  5. Ryan

    Andrew, could you provide some more information about the Ukrainian church in Manitoba shown in this article? Do you know a more precise location for that church or do you have the source of the image? Thanks!

    1. It is said to be near the town of Rossburn, Manitoba, but I see on the internet another church there that looks nearly the same, but not identical, so I am uncertain about the information.

  6. Marc Teusink

    There is also a lovely little church in Albion, Michigan, founded as part of the Russian Orthodox Diocese/Metropolia (now the OCA) by local Belorussian, Macedonian, and Ukrainian factory workers. A little plain, but they did what they could in their poverty I think. (And they did quite well given what they were working with!) The one strangeness is that the church is facing north, not east, but that was likely mandated by the city so that the church doors would face south to the main street in the neighborhood…

    http://orthodox-world.org/images/lighten/Holy_Ascension_Orthodox_Church_Albion_Michigan.jpg

  7. Baker Galloway

    I have a detail question about expressing the dome’s four columns in wood, which is something that I would like to know how to accomplish myself. What options do you see here? Are there species of heavy timber poles that won’t split over time, or would you consider squaring up the section profile and using some kind of glued laminated timber or structural composite lumber? And then for the capitals, those would have to be assembled like trapezoidal boxes with mitered edges rather than being structurally functional elements?

    1. Hi Baker,

      There is no reason solid wood columns can’t support tremendous loads. Timber framers build like that all the time, and the natural checking from shrinkage is not a problem. But columns like this are also frequently made by gluing up eight pieces in a hollow octagon and turning that on a lathe. That makes a strong column and avoids checking. It could also enclose a steel column if necessary. Yes, the impost block would have to be fabricated like cabinetry, and would not be structural.

  8. Baker Galloway

    Thanks, Andrew. You’re a great resource for these things.

  9. John Scott

    I believe the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox church in the photo is the one located about two miles east of Vista, in the Rossburn district. 50.629601, -100.672036 There is also a small cemetery on the property.

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