Tuesday, July 1, 2014

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church

We are still on our scenic drive in Green County and just found the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church,  The church makes quite a statement standing alone of the hilltop.  It made a statement for my knees too since there was quite a climb up the steps to get to the church.  Then, unfortunately, we live in the day and age where Catholic churches no longer keep their doors open day and night.  The church was locked up tight so we couldn't see inside of it which was a disappointment.

Entry to steps to St. John the Baptist Ukrainian 
Catholic Church in Hunter, NY
Sign on the Entry

The Church high on the hill

The construction of the church as well as other structures of the whole architectural complex was financed by Ukrainian immigrants who realized the need for a tangible expression of their heritage. A group of Ukrainian folk art enthusiasts and Hunter-area residents embarked upon the realization of this plan in the early 1960s, working on it in stages until its successful completion in the 1980s. 

A home on the property

The Grazda or Fellowship Hall

A closer look at the church

According to the church website the church was built in 1962,  The church is executed in the traditional timber blockwork "style of the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountain highlanders - the Hutsuls and the Bojkos. It is a 61-foot-high tripartite (three-frame) structure, built of 7 1/2' by 12" cedar logs imported from British Columbia. The logs are laid horizontally one on top of the other and secured with wooden pegs and various other joinings".

The Bell Tower

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