Help Build St. Nicholas House! - $1,000,000.00
For nearly 80 years, Holy Assumption Monastery has been a part of the Calistoga community, and is believed to be the oldest Orthodox women's monastery in the United States.
Since our sisterhood's arrival at Holy Assumption in 2009, we have known that one of the property structures, St. Nicholas House, would need major renovations before long. Local architects and contractors have advised us that St. Nicholas House was not originally built to high-quality standards, and replacing it would be a better use of our resources than continuing to renovate. This advice, coupled with our community's desperate need for additional work space, has led to the decision to completely replace St. Nicholas House with a new, two-story structure.
This building will feature ground-floor living accommodations with the added benefit of work space on the second story. Local general contractor Paul Coates, a generous friend of our monastery, assisted by Thomas Stimpert, architect, have committed to the project, already providing invaluable planning input and guidance. With their help, the sisters have attempted to develop a plan that balances quality, beauty, and economy. The replacement of the existing St. Nicholas House by the proposed building will beautify both the monastery and the community.
Demolition and construction phases are estimated to take six to twelve months. In August 2019, the sisters began a fundraising campaign with a goal of $1 million. Because neither demolition nor construction can begin until the bulk of this amount has been secured, we are turning to you as friends and supporters of our monastery to help us in our work of ensuring accessible accommodations for our elderly and infirm sisters and guests, and much-needed work space for the sisterhood.
2021 UPDATE: We have been so humbled and amazed by your generosity! As of December 2021, we are working with our architect to finalize our plans. In the coming months we expect to solicit bids for a contractor, begin the permitting process with the City of Calistoga, and apply for a loan that will allow us to begin construction as soon as possible. Stay tuned, and please continue to support us with your prayers and donations!