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B'nai Israel Temple - Salt Lake City, Utah
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 40° 45.827 W 111° 52.757
12T E 425786 N 4512906
Quick Description: This building was the second permanent house of worship in Salt Lake City for Congregation B'nai Israel. It has since been converted to commercial uses and now houses the Henriksen/Butler Design Group.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 9/16/2010 6:35:21 AM
Waymark Code: WM9PX5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 10

Long Description:
The plaque is inscribed:
B'nai Israel Temple

Designed by Philip Meyer, a native of Germany and a nephew of local retail magnate Frederick Auerbach, the B'nai Israel Temple was constructed in 1890-91. Henry Monheim, a local architect, supervised the construction. It is one of the few remaining structures built by Utah's early pioneer Jews and reflects their importance in the development of the economy, government, and educational institutions of the state. The design of this Romanesque Revival style building was reportedly based on the Fasanenstrasse Synagogue, a famous Jewish temple in Berlin. While the main elevation is rusticated Kyune sandstone, the side walls and the drum beneath the dome are brick.
The Congregation B'nai Israel was organized in 1881 and built a small synagogue in 1883 at First West and Third South. Following a division in the synagogue, the orthodox Congregation Montefiore built a new synagogue at 355 South Third East, and the reform B'nai Israel congregation built this temple. It was sold in the early 1970's when a new temple was built for combined local Jewish congregations. It has since housed several commercial enterprises including a restaurant and offices.
Street address:
249 S 400 East
Salt Lake City, Utah

County / Borough / Parish: Salt Lake County

Year listed: 1978

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1875-1899

Historic function: Religion

Current function: Commerce/Trade

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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