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Morse Auditorium (Congregation Adath Israel)

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Congregation Adath Israel
1903, Clarence H. Blackall. 602 Commonwealth Ave.
  • Morse Auditorium (Congregation Adath Israel) (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

In 1902, the steady march westward of residential Bay State Road made the corner of Blandford Street and Commonwealth Avenue a logical choice for a new Temple for the Reform Congregation Adath Israel. Because fine acoustics and an unobstructed view of the podium were required, the temple's trustees selected Clarence H. Blackall, the versatile designer of Boston's Colonial (TD9), Metropolitan (TD15), and Wilbur (TD16) theatres. The imposing domed composition incorporates Middle Eastern, Byzantine, and Egyptian styles. Its marble sheathing was remaindered from the new Harvard Medical School project on Longwood Avenue (FL21). It now serves as Morse Auditorium for Boston University.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Morse Auditorium (Congregation Adath Israel)", [Boston, 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, 201-201.

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