Wind, weather, and time are slowly eroding many of Alaska’s most distinctive landmarks – Russian Orthodox Churches. These churches, from Juneau to St. Paul Island and from Karluk to Eklutna, date from the 19th century and hope for their rehabilitation comes from ROSSIA, Incorporated – Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska.
ROSSIA Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to the preservation of Alaska’s Russian Orthodox Churches and iconography. Started in 2002 by preservation-minded Native corporation leaders, Orthodox clergy, government officials, architects, and historians, ROSSIA has helped initiate several restoration projects over the last ten years.
The Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in Kenai and Saint Nicholas Church in Juneau received funds from a $495,000 Rasmuson Tier 2 Grant for phase 1 of the fire suppression system and to re-roof the St. Nicholas rectory, which was completed in the fall of 2013. Holy Assumption in Kenai also received a $230,000 capital grant from the State of Alaska to build a mechanical outbuilding and complete Phase 2 of work for Holy Assumption!