The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #46
Eldridge Street Synagogue
Architect: Peter and Francis William Herter
Use: House of Worship
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.
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