Alex and Faye Spanos Faith and Heritage Center @ the Metropolis of San Francisco St Nicholas Ranch
The building is conceived as a “California Basilica” with exposed heavy timber construction which references Athonite and Rural connections. The center houses a new office center and gracious multipurpose spaces for meetings, galleries/ displays and a Domed Chapel dedicated to St Photini. The interior space of the center has a main Stoa, display and gathering spaces that will have frescoes of the history and development of the Metropolis and Orthodoxy in the West culminating with magnificent Byzantine frescoes in the Chapel of St Photini. The new Heritage Center is made possible by many who are dedicated to the fulfillment of the Vision of Metropolitan Anthony of Blessed Memory. This project has been approved through the protracted, laborious and extensive process of the County of Fresno. We are currently in the final pricing and bidding stage. Construction is projected to begin in March of 2014.
This project is an interesting smaller project that will have a big impact on the functioning of the St Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center. This barn-like building is refined yet rustic structure, both Athonite and Country in character with diversity of function; from office space to meeting for large and small groups, a repository for artifacts relating to the history of the Metropolis and a jewel like chapel to be dedicated to St Photini. We will be breaking ground in the new year with his Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos, the main benefactor Michael Spanos and other supporters of this important project. Look for additional info as we move forward.
Groundbreaking of the new Alex & Faye Spanos Faith and Heritage Center (Video)
On Feb. 26 Metropolitan Gerasimos, in the presence of clergy and lay delegates, blessed the site of the Alex and Faye Spanos Faith and Heritage Center at the St. Nicholas Ranch. This new building, to be complete in the Fall of 2013, will feature a chapel, conference center and a Hellenic cultural exhibit room.