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Temple Emanuel

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1960, Percival Goodman. 51 Grape St.

Percival Goodman, a New York architect and professor at Columbia University, coauthored the classic planning text Communitas (1947). Goodman, who is noted for synagogues in other cities, designed this for Denver's oldest Jewish congregation. It has high walls of coursed red Lyons sandstone. The east entrance, in a recessed courtyard, uses the same sandstone for paving, floors, and walls inside and out to link interior and exterior. Vertically stepped walls provide tall, narrow, recessed window bays, which cast interesting shadows. Low gables with pointed, projecting roof ends radiate from a pentagonal clerestory with multiple, sharply pointed bays. Contemporary leaded, stained glass panels from France fill high openings under the eaves above the simple sandstone walls. Ten squares of pink marble from Mount Sinai house the Torah scrolls, while the Feiner Chapel (1989) contains a Torah, an ark, and rabbi's chairs from a synagogue destroyed by the Nazis.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Temple Emanuel", [Denver, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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