Christ the Saviour, Ballston Lake, NY

Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church

This interior renovation project addresses a common problem - an Orthodox church occupying a plain modern building with little resemblance to a traditional Orthodox sanctuary. The renovation plan includes wood paneled ceiling and wainscot and decorative grilles to cover the vinyl windows. A small cupola cut into the roof to allows light in from above, and Byzantine-style iron chandeliers replace the recessed lighting. The altar space is vaulted to imply a proper apse, and a large custom-designed iconostasis serves as the beautiful focus of the entire space. This iconostasis represents a Russian typology rendered in an American style of woodwork - an innovative solution for marrying Orthodoxy into a new culture.

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