Temple Beth Israel

Happy Monday! We’re back with another collaboration post with our friend, Ranger, who lives in Portland, Oregon.

He’s showing off the Temple Beth Israel, which was built in 1926-1928 in the Neo-Byzantine style of architecture. Designed by Herman Brookman, it is considered one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture on the West Coast and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It was inspired by Essen, Germany’s Alte Synagoge.

The building replaced an 1889 synagogue — which was a combination of Gothic and Moorish architecture — that was destroyed by fire in 1923.

Prior to that building, the congregation’s very first building was a small, one story clapboard structure with a pitched roof, wood frame and Gothic pointed windows and doors.

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