|City/Town: • Oklahoma City|
|Location Class: • Church|
|Year Built: • 1922 | Year Abandoned: • 1983|
|Status: • For Sale • Gutted|
|Photojournalist: • Cody Cooper • Justin Tyler Moore • Billy Dixon • Michael Schwarz|
Original Saint George Greek Orthodox Church
The Greek Orthodox Christians established a congregation on September 25, 1914, as the Greek Society of St. George of Oklahoma City. By 1917 they had secured a charter granted by the State of Oklahoma. In 1921, they had raised enough funds to purchase a parcel of land and build a church for their worship. Members of the church were bombarded with bids for the construction by a number of companies. John Sinopoulo was in charge of picking a company and without a second thought chose Gross Construction Company due to their respectable reputation for fair treatment and good work.
During this period there was great growth among the congregation. They had their traditional Greek festivals which were open to the public during and lent and led many community outreach programs. After sixty years of serving the Greek Orthodox congregation, they outgrew the building and needed a bigger location around 1983.
New Saint George Greek Orthodox Church
After securing another property work began on a $1.6 million new building thanks to John Bozalis who donated the new chapel design to the congregation. A “John Bozalis Appreciation Night” was held on Sept. 29, 1984, in honor of the Bozalis and Roloff firms gracious donation. The newly built church opened in 1985 and a few short years later on Christmas Eve of 1988, the congregation dedicated a new addition to the sanctuary. The doors to the addition were opened by founders of the first St. George Greek Orthodox Church, “Our entry into our new sanctuary marks a new beginning for all of us, young and old.” said Rev. Demetri Kangelaris. “Our challenge as Orthodox Christians is not to view the entry into the sanctuary only as a physical step into something new, but rather to see this as a spiritual and holy step forward.”
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