Sunday, June 15, 2014

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of our Lord - 228 North 12th Street

Looking at main entrance of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Williamsburg
Russian Orthodox Cathedral-Williamsburg
View of Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of our Lord from McCarren Park
Russian Orthodox Cathedral-Williamsburg
The verbose titled Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of our Lord was originally named Saint Vladimir, after the Russian Saint who was a converter of Russians to Christianity.[1] Built in 1921, the church was designed in the Russian Byzantine style by architect Louis Allmendinger.[1][2] Allmendinger was also known for designing the "Mathews Model Flats", progressive tenement buildings in the Long Island City, Woodside, Elmhurst, Maspeth and Rdgewood neighborhoods of Queens.[3] The most striking feature of this building is the large copper onion dome; otherwise the building's design is relatively simple. The church is laid out in a Greek Cross and lacks some of the embellishment of many other notable Brooklyn Churches.[2] Although simple, this Brooklyn church is a striking example of ecclesiastical architecture and a north Brooklyn icon. It was designated a New York City Landmark in 1969.[1]

Plaque 1

Plaque 2

Plaque 3

Plaque 4

Plaque 5


There is quit the array of plaques to remind you of the importance of this church, lest you forget.

  1. Greetings From Greenpoint. Brooklyn Public Library.
  2. Morrone, Francis An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn. Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2001.
  3. "The Mathews Model Flats, A Place That Matters" The Municipal Art Society of New York. Online. 4 March, 2009

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