February 22, 2018
It has been nearly two years since an Easter Eve fire raced through St. Sava, destroying the historic and architectural landmark. For those of you who were not in 1123 Broadway, 1133 Broadway or 11 West 25th Street at the time, you can read more about St. Sava and the fire here.
We do not know a great deal yet, but we are scheduled to have a meeting with church officials to be briefed on their plans. We have heard that the City has placed restrictions on the amount of noise that the reconstruction of the church may generate, which is good news for all.
As to the nature of the current work, the church’s website reports: “Following the removal of a huge amount of debris, the restoration of Saint Sava Cathedral continues to progress steadily. The current scope of work, which consists of the removal of the ornamental limestone from the church’s interior, is almost finished. Upon completion of this task, the repair of the damaged central and upper part of the granite retaining walls, installation of the roof structure, flooring, and installation of windows and doors will follow. If all goes according to plan, the completion of this phase is anticipated by mid-year.”
We will be keeping our tenants informed about the project as it progresses. We trust that many of our tenants will be heartened by this news, knowing that the beautiful architecture of St. Sava will soon once again grace our neighborhood and provide a welcome site out our windows… Need a reminder of how beautiful it was? You can see photos of the church before the fire here.All photographs in the article are © David Lubarsky — All Rights Reserved