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Papadatos undertakes restoration of Brooklyn cathedral circa 1913.

Papadatos undertakes restoration of Brooklyn cathedral circa 1913

One of the most historical and significant structures in Brooklyn is undergoing complete renovation and restoration after a devastating fire this year which totally destroyed the interior of the Cathedral of SS Constantine and Helen, located at 64 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

The Cathedral built in 1913, is situated in Brooklyn Heights and serves the entire Borough of Brooklyn. It will be restored to its original splendor under the direction of Steven P. Papadatos Associates Architects.

The Nave bears original 18th century iconography of the world renowned iconographer, Kondoglou, which will be restored to its original historical condition.

The existing exterior brick work will be restored to its original condition and a new addition will be constructed in the form of a bell tower which will house a new elevator connecting all levels of the church. The design will create the total interior to comply with the Americans with Disability Law of 1990 and New York City Local Law 58/87.

New windows constructed of faceted amber glass and epoxy of the 12th century Byzantine architectural style will replace the existing windows which have been destroyed. The interior walls, groined vaults, pendentives and the entire barrel vault ceiling including the dome will be replastered prior to the final restoration work. Some of the groined vaults will be opened to install air conditioning ducts in the nave, sanctuary and narthex, which will be accomplished by creating a longitudinal convexity upward in the intersecting vaults. The aisles of Hagia Sophia of Constantinople display a remarkable variety of similar forms in the vaulting. The marble floor in the narthex and nave will be restored and completely polished. Several defective areas will be removed and replaced with new marble flooring installed to match the existing floor. The entire lighting scheme will be redesigned and emphasis will be to create a "spiritual and mystical interior".

The mosaics which are to replace the damaged bands of decorative panels at the arches, will be reproductions of designs which are in the Byzantine Museum in Athens, dating from the second half of the 13th Century.

The wooden icon screen, pews and stathidia will be refinished to coordinate with the restored interior, including the replacement to the woodwork in the balcony.

The estimated cost of construction has been estimated as $1.5 million with the exception of several items that are liturgical.
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Title Annotation:Steven P. Papadatos Associates Architects, Cathedral of SS Constantine and Helen
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Dec 18, 1991
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