Raising Golden Domes in America’s Heartland

Below a deep and cloudy sky on a blustery day, the gold stainless steel domes reflected both the wonderful light and the great joy of the Parishioners as they were lifted into place.  Friends and well-wishers in attendance at the dome raising at St. George Orthodox Christian Church in Fishers Indiana.  The day long event drew many to watch as cranes hoisted the 40′ diameter dome to its resting place 54′ above the ground.

Rendering showing the front elevation.

Rendering showing the front elevation.

It caps the Byzantine style church inspired by many ancient churches including the Orthodox Baptistery in Ravenna.  The bell tower also got its own golden dome which will soon ring with the peals of bells.  You will notice the white foam of the building.  The whole structure is ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms), an innovative building method that will create a thermally efficient structure and one that will last for a long time!  The  building is slated to be finished this fall.

The new dome sits perfectly ready for the next phase of construction.

The new dome sits perfectly ready for the next phase of construction.

Watching as the dome is raised!

Watching as the dome is raised!

The mirror-like stainless steel will reflect the sun for hundreds of years

The mirror-like stainless steel will reflect the sun for hundreds of years

The Bell Tower is capped

The Bell Tower is capped

A giant crane deposits the dome atop the structure

A giant crane deposits the dome atop the structure

The quiet suburb of Indianapolis is also about 20 minutes away from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church that we designed which is currently undergoing a major iconographic program by Dr. George Kordis of Athens Greece …the results are in process and are magnificent.

Dr. Kordis will also be moving forward in late spring – early summer with a unique Iconographic program for St. George Church in Fishers.  You will soon be able to see two masterpieces of iconography in one area and be transformed twice over.

Bravo to the team at St George and the expert construction management of David Mouck!

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