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Bluegill Graphix (Jewish Reform Society, Temple B'Nai Zion)

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Jewish Reform Society, Temple B'Nai Zion
1871–1872, Phillip M. Hesch. 318 N. Franklin St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This small synagogue is the creation of sixteen local German Jews who hired a contractor-architect, Phillip Hesch, and built their own house of worship. A bit awkward and primitive, the frame building is essentially composed of a shotgun structure with a false front, diminutive corner turrets on the facade, and round-arched windows. The congregation, Temple B'Nai Zion, sold the building to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Society in 1927, and the former temple subsequently had several owners. The present owners, a graphics company, gave it a colorful paint job.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


What's Nearby


Lu Donnelly et al., "Bluegill Graphix (Jewish Reform Society, Temple B'Nai Zion)", [Titusville, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 521-521.

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