Almost four months after going up in flames, the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava has begun the process of rebuilding in the Flatiron district of New York. On the night of May 1, a four-alarm fire blazed through the 1851 building by Richard Upjohn, burning the majority of the church.
In the time since the fire—which was caused accidentally by improperly extinguished candles—church officials have been working with city government agencies and have determined that the addition of metal beams and other small reinforcements will be sufficient to salvage the remaining structure of the church.
With the addition of these beams, reconstruction inside the parish hall will be able to proceed.
The shoring of the 25th Street wall has been required as well as waterproofing, says church executive board member Lidija Nikolic. Shoring and bracing was broadened to the entire building as opposed to previous specification to only to the east and west walls. This should be completed by the first week of September.
The process of approval for the reconstruction designs will take six months to a year, as the Landmarks Preservation Commission will make final decisions concerning design parameters.
A benefit reception to support reconstruction financing was held this week at the New York Athletic Club, and drew in Serbian tennis players from the upcoming U.S. Open. Insurance and donations will also contribute to the rebuild.
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