This postcard, of St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Savannah, Georgia, is from 1914, seven years after the parish acquired the church building. The Greek Orthodox community in Savannah didn’t have a name yet, but they purchased St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and decided that, hey, St. Paul is Orthodox, so let’s go with that.
Also, this is one of the first documented instances of an Orthodox church with pews. The often-repeated story, which mostly isn’t true, is that Orthodox churches in America got pews because they bought Protestant or Roman Catholic churches that already had pews, and just decided to keep them. Several years ago, I researched the Greek parishes that were in existence in the 1910s and found that the majority actually built their own churches, rather than buying them from another religious group, which puts a dent in the whole “let’s keep the pews” theory. Pews tended to be a later addition, in the 1920s or so, and were usually part of a broader program of Westernization that also included organs and mixed choirs (and even the occasional communion rail!). But St. Paul’s in Savannah was an exception — they actually did buy an old Protestant church in the early 1900s, and kept the pews.