Serbian cathedral ravaged by fire in 2016 receives NY Landmarks Conservancy award

New York, May 13, 2021

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Every year, the New York Landmarks Conservancy presents the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award to a number of projects in 5 boroughs of New York City for excellence in the restoration, preservation, or adaptive use of historical buildings, streetscapes, and landscapes.

This year, the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City was among the recipients of the prestigious award.

The Serbian Orthodox community was devastated in 2016 as their West 25th Street St. Sava Cathedral went up in flames on Pascha morning, leaving only a charred shell of the building that had been originally acquired from the Anglican Church by St. Nikolai Velimirović.

Restoration work began a year later and has been underway ever since.

The extensive project couldn’t go unnoticed, and it was named among the twelve honored with the 2020 Lucy G. Moses award, reports the press service of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

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The award was presented via Zoom on May 6, Bright Thursday, to His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America. In particular, the cathedral is being recognized for the first phase of its restoration—enclosure and stabilization.

“The work stabilized and protects the building until there can be a comprehensive restoration… We look forward to its complete renewal,” said NY Landmarks Conservancy President Peg Breen.

Watch the presentation of the awards below. The section on St. Sava’s begins at 20:55, including Bp. Irinej’s heartfelt thanks for the award:


If you would like to contribute to the restoration of the cathedral, donations by credit card or Paypal can be made by clicking via the community’s Paypal link:

If you prefer to mail a donation, you can mail a check payable to “St Sava Cathedral” to:

Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava
20 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010

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