Beth Israel Synagogue (Norwalk, Connecticut)
Beth Israel Synagogue
Front entrance, May 18, 2012
|Location:||31 Concord St., Norwalk, Connecticut|
|Architectural style:||Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Moorish Revival|
|Added to NRHP:||November 29, 1991|
The former Beth Israel Synagogue is a historic Orthodox synagogue building located at 31 Concord Street in the South Norwalk section of the city of Norwalk, Connecticut. The Moorish Revival style building, is the only known synagogue building in Connecticut displaying Moorish Onion domes, and an unusual example of an urban wood-frame synagogue. Built in 1906, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. Since 1972 the building has been owned by Canaan Institutional Baptist Church.
Beth Israel's Orthodox congregation is now known as Beth Israel of Norwalk/Westport and worships in a new building at 40 King Street in Norwalk.
The design is influenced by that of the 1872 Central Synagogue in New York City, which also has onion domes. While the onion domes are an unusual detail, the architecture is otherwise within usual standards for synagogues in Connecticut. Beth Israel is further the only frame-construction, rather than wood-frame, of synagogues in Connecticut of its era.:8-9
A number of other synagogues in Connecticut were considered in a later study of NRHP eligibility completed in 1995, authored by the historical sites consultant who prepared the Beth Israel NRHP nomination.
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- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
- Canaan Institutional Baptist Church history page
- Beth Israel of Norwalk/Westport website
- David F. Ransom (June 22, 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Beth Israel Synagogue / Canaan Institutional Baptist Church". National Park Service. and Accompanying 15 photos, exterior and interior, historic and from 1991
- David F. Ransom (1995 (approval date)). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Submission: Historic Synagogues of Connecticut". National Park Service.
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