A look at the latest plans for bulking up the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Yoakum Blvd. at Kipling St. come from the diagrams submitted with a recent variance request for the project (and a few more now up on the church’s website). For comparison, a reader sends some leafy shots of the cathedral at its current width, snapped a few days before the setup for the annual Houston Greek Festival (which wrapped up on the church’s campus for the 50th time yesterday evening).
The expansion would widen the 1952 cathedral building to the north and south (toward and away from Kipling), about doubling the current seating capacity; the design also adds that big dome to the top (while the smaller dome along the Yoakum-side bell tower would get a new nitrate finish stainless-steel top-off to match). The church submitted the request for a 1-ft. building line setback last month, including this drawing from Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie architects (which shows a leaf-free perspective from the corner of Yoakum and Kipling):
Diagrams filed with the request show the oak at the corner of Yoakum being preserved, though a few new trees and light fixtures make an appearance on the Kipling side. The sketches also show some planned benches and landscaping:
Here’s the current state of Kipling, facing west toward Yoakum; some of the stained-glass windows on either side of the cathedral would be reused:
- Annunciation Cathedral Expansion [Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral]
Images: Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects (renderings), Swamplot inbox (photos), Houston Planning Commission (variance diagram)