Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #46

Eldridge Street Synagogue

Architect: Peter and Francis William Herter
Style: Moorish
Use: House of Worship
Opened: 1887
Borough: Manhattan

This confection of Ashkenazi prayer was built in stark contrast to the squalid tenements of the late-19th century Lower East Side. Having fallen into disrepair in the mid-20th century, the synagogue underwent a 20-year 20-million dollar restoration culminating in a magnificent rose window by Kiki Smith, the only contemporary element in the otherwise classical sanctuary. Complete with a historic museum, the synagogue is open both for tours and for worship.


1 Comment

  1. Lee Gelber

    One of the leaders in the movement to preserve and restore the Eldridge Street Synagogue was the journalist and preservationist, Roberta Brandes Gratz

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