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Annunciation Orthodox School and Church Expansion

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Avossos    886

I am a member of the church. The church plans to expand too, but the expansion you show is for the school

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bobruss    2410

I am a member of the church. The church plans to expand too, but the expansion you show is for the school

Then you need to procure some plans for the church.

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Avossos    886

Then you need to procure some plans for the church.

 

I have seen them. There were considering knocking the whole thing down. But they are likely going to just add wings to the sides to increase capacity.

 

In some ways, a brand new church would have been cool. Expensive, but cool.

 

Saving the old church is not a bad options though. Once things are finalized i will.

 

Urbanizer, you should change the title to say: Annunciation Orthodox School (AOS) Expansion

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bobruss    2410

AOS and the church has grown into quite a community of interlocking parts. Do they own any of the adjoining lots in that neighborhood.

Its interesting that from Annunciation south to ST. Thomas and then west to the Menil campus how much property is owned by those three

entities.

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KinkaidAlum    2111

Thank God they aren't tearing down the original chapel. That thing is beautiful. Would have been a monumental loss for Houston.

 

My niece starts up at AOS this fall. She just found out she got in. Super psyched. 

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swtsig    2141

love this redesign significantly more than the original renders. between this, 3400, and the colombe d'or redevelopment this stretch of yoakum/montrose will have a different feel in a few years.

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Avossos    886
11 hours ago, swtsig said:

love this redesign significantly more than the original renders. between this, 3400, and the colombe d'or redevelopment this stretch of yoakum/montrose will have a different feel in a few years.

 

You should see the development of Annunciaton Church right there (not just the school). They are planning on starting their expansion plans this winter. Adding a large dome, busting out the sides, making 12 MM+ of upgrades, it will be unreal.

 

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church could be the next seat of the bishop in a redesigned archdiocese of America.

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Urbannizer    30771

Greek Orthodox school, church in Montrose undergoing millions in upgrades

 

Annunciation Orthodox School and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, two longstanding Montrose institutions known for hosting Houston Greek Festival, are undergoing millions of dollars in renovations.

 

Annunciation Orthodox School, which has roughly 694 students from pre-K through 8th grade, is funneling $18 million into building a new, three-story elementary school building, a new dining hall, more green space and an expanded pavilion, according to a fundraising page on the school's website. A $14.08 million building permit for the three-story building listed Houston-based D.E. Harvey Builders as the general contractor. San Fransisco-based Gensler designed the facility, according to the school's website.

 

The school is financing the renovations via a capital campaign, but it's unclear how much it's raised so far. The capital campaign's fundraising site describes the above renovations as phase one of a broader master-planned makeover, but details on additional phases weren't available.

 

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, meanwhile, is in the midst of a $12.5 million renovation of its own. The church will add a large, golden dome to its existing structure, as well as increase its seating capacity to roughly 800 congregants, add an elevator, improve sidewalks and walkways and more,according to its website. Forney Construction is the project manager, and New York-based PJAR Architects is designing the renovations, according to a lettersent this month from the church's president. The church is financing its renovation project via a capital campaign; roughly $9.7 million of the $12.5 million has been raised so far, according to the letter.

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swtsig    2141

ya i don't know what that comment is supposed to mean but i dig the church. Houston is severely lacking in grand, historic looking churches and while this is grand on the scale of st. mark's on woodway it's a good looking church.

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bobruss    2410

Drove down Yoakum yesterday and they have started the demo on the main church and the building across the street has been demo'd.

Big changes coming for AOS. 

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H-Town Man    1964

I like that they are bringing it to a Greek Cross format, which is more historically appropriate for the Orthodox faith than the Latin cross which the sanctuary has had up until now. I belong to a different denomination, but one which also has a deep architectural and liturgical tradition and one which has recently seen revivals of that tradition following a 20th century watering down of everything. Seeing other churches do this is a win-win, as it spurs a good-spirited competition and establishes a place for traditional architecture in Houston.

 

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hindesky    16463

Talked with a couple of the construction workers today, they both said the dome is going up either Friday or Saturday and TNT Crane and Rigging is doing the job.

 

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hindesky    16463

Drove by this evening and the crane is hooked up to the load and ready to fly the dome up. I hoping to ride over there early in the morning to see them fly it up.

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