Friday, April 13, 2007

Beth Sholom Synagogue - Frank Lloyd Wright


Frank Lloyd Wright's Beth Sholom Synagogue, one of three Wright buildings recently declared national historic landmarks by the U.S. Department of the Interior. (The other two are LA's Hollyhock House, and the Bartlesville Tower in Oklahoma, Wright's only built skyscraper -- what he called "the tree that escaped the crowded forest.") Says J.H Delmar's Wright site of the 1954 synagogue, designed some fifty years after Wright's first temple,

Wright described the building as a "luminous Mount Sinai", and the structural and decorative elements of the building were designed to reinforce its relationship to Jewish ceremony and events of the Jewish faith. It is said that the sanctuary of Beth Sholom Synagogue demonstrates Wright's "unmatched capacity to translate ritual into space and experience."

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