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Temple House of Israel

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1925, Samuel Collins. 15 N. Market St.

Built for a congregation formed in 1876, this temple has the Moorish styling that was often used for synagogues. The gable-end facade is composed of a dramatic red brick arch supported on slender white columns and flanked by polygonal domed towers. The front steps and recessed double doors of the entrance are, like the great arch, a rich red that provides high contrast to the exterior's stuccoed cream-colored walls. A Star of David is in the gable and another is placed at the peak of the red-tiled roof. On the interior, stained glass windows by the noted Boston studio of Charles Connick are set inside white walls. The open, central-aisle interior faces a large arch that frames the bimah, and, on the wall behind, is the elaborately framed Ark in which the Torah is stored.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee

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