Holy Ascension, Mount Pleasant, SC

Holy Ascension Orthodox Church

Holy Ascension Orthodox Church is a mission parish located in the I'On Community, a New Urbanist development across the Cooper River from Charleston. Andrew designed this church for a prominent corner lot, drawing from Byzantine and Russian architectural forms, and using materials and colors that are traditional for Charleston. The masonry walls are 16" thick. The roof is copper. The interior is plastered with iconography in silicate paint. Andrew was heavily involved in the construction process, crafting the columns, chandeliers, and many other details himself, while guiding other parishioners in building the doors and onion domes. The church was consecrated in May 2008, with iconography and landscaping still in progress today. Designed in association with an architect of record.

Read these detailed articles about the iconography and choros chandelier.

Slideshow of construction images.

Read the detailed story of this project in the book Charleston Fancy.

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