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Louis I. Kahn's Jewish Architecture: Mikveh Israel and the Midcentury American Synagogue (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life)

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In 1961, famed architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974) received a commission to design a new synagogue. His client was one of the oldest Sephardic Orthodox congregations in the United States: Philadelphia's Mikveh Israel. Due to the loss of financial backing, Kahn's plans were never realized. Nevertheless, the haunting and imaginative schemes for Mikveh Israel remain among Kahn's most revered designs.

Susan G. Solomon uses Kahn's designs for Mikveh Israel as a lens through which to examine the transformation of the American synagogue from 1955 to 1970. She shows how Kahn wrestled with issues that challenged postwar Jewish institutions and evaluates his creative attempts to bridge modernism and Judaism. She argues that Kahn provided a fresh paradigm for synagogues, one that offered innovations in planning, decoration, and the incorporation of light and nature into building design.

Synopsis:

The evolution of the postwar American synagogue illuminated through the plans for Louis Kahn's unbuilt Mikveh Israel

Product Details

ISBN:
9781584657880
Author:
Solomon, Susan G
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Author:
Solomon, Susan G.
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Architecture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Synagogue architecture -- United States.
Subject:
Buildings - Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
215
Dimensions:
9.30x6.30x1.00 in. 1.20 lbs.

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