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Walnut Street Synagogue, Congregation Agudath Shalom

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1908–1909, Harvey Dustin Joll. 145 Walnut St.
  • Walnut Street Synagogue, Congregation Agudath Shalom (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

The oldest synagogue in Chelsea, this building documents the tremendous importance of the Jewish community in Chelsea at the turn of the twentieth century. The architect, Harvey Dustin Joll, was one of the three principal designers working in Chelsea after the fire of 1908. One of the largest orthodox synagogues in Massachusetts of its generation, the red brick building with twin turreted and domed towers contains nearly all of its original components: the holy ark, the central raised bimah, the separate women's gallery, carved oak furniture, and mural decoration on the walls and ceiling. Also significant is the survival of the shingled succah built in 1909 for the congregation.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Walnut Street Synagogue, Congregation Agudath Shalom", [Chelsea, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 363-363.

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