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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

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1949–1952, Ernest K. Eugene. 808 N. Broom St.

This church served a scattered Greek community that drove here from four states every Sunday. A Chicago engineer who specialized in Byzantine designs was hired for the Greek Cross plan building. Above a slate roof rose a lead-covered dome and two spires (forty and seventy-five feet each). Terrazzo floors originally had a double-eagle design, and a ceiling mosaic featured God Pantocrator. Thirty windows were added in 1954 (Llorens Stained Glass Studios, Atlanta), and Newark, Delaware, artist Leo Laskaris was hired to paint 2,000 square feet of murals on canvas (1957–1958). The water-damaged murals were later replaced in a new campaign of iconographic decoration by a Crete-born painter now living in New York City (2003, George Filippakis). The resulting dome shimmers in gold leaf and vibrant color. At the same time, a raised sacramental platform or solea was added to the sanctuary, of yellowish Brazilian granite. Some 800 families, still from four states, currently attend the church.

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W. Barksdale Maynard
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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church", [Wilmington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DE-01-WL72.

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 131-131.

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