UNSOLICITED COMMENTS FROM SOME OF THOSE WHO HAVE KNOWN OR WORKED WITH BOB LATSKO
Two testimonials from His Eminence, Metropolitan Jonah, Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Bob,The Lord bless you! The St Louis church design is great! It does indeed fit in with St Louis; and yet, is a toned down version of typical St Petersburg area rural church architecture. It is very like Gethsemane Skete at Valaam. Beautiful! What is your cost estimate? I hope you're doing well. Your work is great! Keep it up! In Christ, Metropolitan Jonah 2012
Dear Bob. Thanks so much for the letter and the pictures. You're doing a great job with the church architecture. I love the Tucson church, and the Ann Arbor church is really nice. I'd love to see the interior. Excellent integration with the local regional style. Excellent iconography space in Tucson. The copper roofs are beautiful. Excellent work!
Metropolitan Jonah 2011
Four testimonials from His Grace Bishop Basil (Essey), Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
Thanks, Bob. Your designs are amazingly beautiful - but from you I would expect nothing less. Have the merriest of Christmases. Your prayers. +BB 2010
Blessing, dear Bob! Thank you for your email and the fascinating news about another miracle of St John. By his holy prayers may we all be saved! And thank you for all your good work for the Church -- most especially with/for several parishes of my Diocese. Have a blessed Palm Sunday, a soul-profiting Great Week, and a glorious Pascha. Your prayers. +Bishop Basil 2108
I love your conceptualizations. I trust that the parish will too. +Bishop Basil 2019
Thanks for sharing these with me, Bob. I am so very proud of you! Please greet Father Tryphon for me. Good strength for the remainder of the Fast. Your prayers.
+Bishop Basil 2020
A supportive Letter from Fr. Thomas Hopko
Dear Bob, Good to hear from you and to see your wonderful work. May God inspire and strengthen your efforts with every grace and blessing, for His glory and the good of His people. I always remember you, and your thesis on time. I often refer to it. May the Lord be with you and yours. Have a fruitful lenten season and a splendid holy Pascha. Your old friend in the Lord, Fr Tom
(Fr. Thomas Hopko, Bob Latsko's Dogmatic Theology Professor, Thesis Advisor and Former Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary in Crestwood, NY) 2011
A Number of Text and email messages from Abbot Tryphon (All-Merciful Saviour Monastery - Vashon Island, Washington) over a 3 month period (Mid-December 2019 to Mid- March 2020). Bob completed seven different monastery design projects that you can view HERE
These are great! Thanks for a God inspired work!
Stunning, absolutely stunning.
FANTASTIC DESIGN. I absolutely LOVE this!
This was worth waiting for. INCREDIBLE DESIGN!
To say I love this would be a huge understatement, but I'll say it anyway: I LOVE THIS DESIGN!
Wow! I love the additions, and I really love the Saint Seraphim icon with the bear. Truly fits into our environment!!
Love working with you Robert! We make a great team.
Just lovely, Robert. The Archbishop will love it!!
(Abbot Tryphon) 2019 and 2020
Iconostasis design as a consultant for and with CJK Design Group in Novato, CA
Dear Bob, Working with you has been the most productive time I have spent on this project and I am very grateful for, not only, your great work, but your understanding of the spirit behind all of this. With God’s help, I think we are going to end up with something truly unique and beautiful. Thanks again and God Bless! o. AK
( Отец Alexander Krassovsky, Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Santa Rosa, California) 2018
Bob, looking terrific! The grape design is beautiful ... Looking forward to wrapping this up with you soon! I cannot thank you enough for the love and effort you have put into this. May God reward you plentifully!
ВОИСТИНУ ВОСКРЕСЕ! o. AK ( Отец Alexander Krassovsky) 2018
Hi Bob, Everyone loves the new domes. Beautiful work. Thanks! Luke
(Luke Miller, Choir Director and Building Committee Leader, St. John the Baptizer Ukrainian Catholic Church -Українська Греко-Католицка Церква Св. Йоанна Хрестител) 2018
New church design for St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Shreveport, Louisiana - Comments during the design process
Glory to Jesus Christ! Happy feast of St. Nicholas! May we have his prayers for our building project!.... As you all know, we've come a long way since last February, thanks to the incredible diligence of Bob Latsko, who has gone above and beyond even what we could have expected of an initial concept design. It was well worth the wait! Now we need to take the excitement we share after seeing Bob's design, and channel that into some practical next steps. (Fr. Daniel Bethancourt) 2018
New church design for St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Shreveport, Louisiana - Comments during the design process by Ted Casten
Coming along very nicely Bob! We are excited about seeing the final project and seeing you on Thursday!
Wow! It really is coming together Bob. I am very excited with the vision! Very beautiful!
Really beautiful Bob! If I didn’t know any better I would call you an expert at this!
Looks fantastic Bob! Thank you for all the hard work! You are catching the God inspired vision for St. Nicholas. Maybe you move here for your "golden" years!?
(Ted Caston, Casten and Pearce, APLC - St Nicholas Church Building Committee Leader) 2018
Redesign of existing temporary church into a future Social Hall with expanded Kitchen/ Classrooms and Office.
This looks wonderful. Spatially, that's pretty much what I imagined, give or take. Only it's more beautiful than I imagined, with the columns and arches. Thanks for this, Bob, and I look forward to discussing it further with the building committee soon. Fr Daniel
(Fr. Daniel Bethancourt, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church , Shreveport, Louisiana) 2020
Thank you, Bob! We do appreciate you, and everyone who has seen the design has been very impressed. Good strength to you, dear brother. In the Lord, FD (Fr. Daniel Bethancourt) 2019
Hi Bob and Pat [Bob's Mentor George "Pat" Mangan, AIA who designed the Palatine church]:
I wanted to let you know that yesterday we finally installed the new cupola! It was an exciting day for us all. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank both of you, George Sahyouni [Our structural engineer in Tucson, AZ], and everyone who had a role in this project. We owe you all a debt of gratitude!!! (Fr. Alexander Kuchta, Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Palatine, Illinois) 2017