Repairs have wrapped, for now, on one of Alaska’s oldest standing Orthodox churches. The Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Old Town Kenai has shed its scaffold to reveal an updated roof, cupolas and crosses.
Any building with the superlative of “oldest” is going to need an upgrade once in a while. Especially when that building is made of wood and sits on a blustery bluff.
“If you've ever owned an old house, you know what it’s like. You fix one thing and then something else goes wrong," said Dorothy Gray, treasurer-secretary of Holy Assumption and the chair of Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska (ROSSIA).