Orthodox Arts Journal Features Article on the New Church

Orthodox Arts Journal Features Article on the New Church

Designer Andrew Gould shares some of the thoughts and inspirations behind the new church design in Orthodox Arts Journal:

With great pleasure, I have developed a design for a new church for the Hermitage of the Holy Cross in West Virginia. In many ways, this design is the culmination of 15 years of thought, research, and experimentation on my part, and encapsulates the best of my ideas for Orthodox church design. I would like to share with you the story of this project.

An English-speaking community of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, Holy Cross has grown prolifically in recent years. An influx of young American converts seeking the monastic life requires the monastery to construct new buildings almost continually. The time has come for them to build their most important structure – a permanent Catholicon.

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1 comment


  • Deacon Cyprian Kolpakov, Psy.D, DD.

    The new church will be simple, but very lovely. I have shopped at the Hermitages Store for many years now and support the monks efforts. Visiting the monks is a very spiritual experience and enlightened my knowledge of the Orthodox Church.


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