This small, one-room synagogue was the first built in Wisconsin. It originally stood on W. Washington Avenue, but the city moved it in 1971 to save it from demolition. Its Romanesque Revival design found favor with those Jewish congregations who sought to assimilate within the larger culture. (The Moorish style was also popular for American synagogues but conveyed a Middle Eastern flavor). In this synagogue, arched windows and arches along the crenellated roofline and the entrance gable unify the design, and rose windows grace both gables. The brick building’s sandstone facade is now eroding because of sandblasting. The building, one of the older remaining synagogues in the United States, is now used for concerts and special events.
You are here
Historic Shaare Shomaim Synagogue (Gates of Heaven Synagogue)
If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.
SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.