Thanks to donations from Athenian societies and benefactors, the Greek community erected a series of buildings at the turn of the century. Most of them were schools and philanthropic institutions (the Papafeio Orphanage, the Hariseio Hospital, the Hariseio Old People's Home, the Konstantinidis School, etc.).
In addition the Greek community built the big complex at the cathedral of Ayios Grigorios Palamas, which included the metropolitan's residence, the high school, the teachers' college and the Greek consulate.
Thus the Greek community had begun to make its presence felt with more self-confidence; the spare neoclassicism that distinguishes most of these buildings copied the style adopted in free Athens.