"Greek Orthodox Christians have lived in Downey since the 1950's and attended other Greek Orthodox Churches in the area. In 1982 it was determined that enough families expressed an interest in establishing a Greek Orthodox Church in Downey. The parish first worshiped in spaces rented from S. Marks Episcopal Church.... In 1995 the parish purchased the present property on Downey Avenues and renovated several vacant stores on the site into a Church and fellowship hall....(now across the street from the church). The doors of Saint George were opened on October 6, 2002...." (REF 1.) and the church was consecrated in 2010.
"Eastern Orthodox churches generally follow the same architectural formula-the form of a dome superimposed on a cross or a basilica. Architecturally, the interior of Saint George is heavily influenced by elements found in the Creat Church Christ, commonly called Agia Sofia, in Constantinople (present day Istanbul), particularly in the sweeping arches and the dome. Unlike non-Orthodox churches which use steeples and spires, the Byzantine roof is typically constructed with one or more domes.
"In the dome is painted the icon of "Christ the Almighty".... Held up by six angels, the ring is called the 'glory' in Greek." (REF 2.)
"Saint George was designed by Sam Grillas and Mark Lawrence of Grillas, Pic, Roser and Alves of Irvine, California. The floor space is approximately 10,000 square feet and has a designed seating capacity of 383 persons.
Reference 1: "Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, A Brief Overview"
Reference 2: "Iconography 'Windows Into Heaven' " Saint George Greek