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New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church (Beth David Synagogue)
Described by the Jewish Chronicle (July 22, 1927) as “early Romanesque with a decided Byzantine feeling,” little has been done to alter this synagogue building in spite of its current use as a Christian church. It is a brick and stone building with a projecting central bay; a large, two-story arch frames a triple entrance. The tablets of the law still pierce the roofline at the center of an elaborate arcuated frieze. Solomonic columns and winged lions, reminiscent of the basilica of San Marco in Venice, lend an exotic Eastern air. Financial problems in the Great Depression led the congregation to reconstitute itself as B'nai David, and in the 1950s it followed its members to the northwest suburbs.
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