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Frank Lloyd Wright's Beth Shalom Synagogue
January 28, 2006 5:28 PM   Subscribe

Frank Lloyd Wright's Beth Shalom Synagogue - Cool photo essay about a beautiful building
posted by Afroblanco (20 comments total)

 
I grew up near this synagogue, and it made me happy to see this well-done photo essay about it.
posted by Afroblanco at 5:31 PM on January 28, 2006


Thanks, Afroblanco. It really is a beautiful building. When I was a kid, I could only see the top from a distance and thought it was a ski slope.
posted by jrossi4r at 6:34 PM on January 28, 2006


Sweet, thanks for the link. There was a very cool website where this guy visited as many FLW buildings as he could and posted pictures of them to the web - he had a Wright-inspired tattoo on his leg IIRC, but I couldn't find it on Google because I'm too lazy.
posted by tweak at 6:40 PM on January 28, 2006


This was a really great post, I've always been a fan of Wright's architecture and this is one of his best works. Truly breathtaking. I'm going to have to visit this one. Really very nice.
posted by mk1gti at 6:43 PM on January 28, 2006


Thank you!

I just saw this a few days ago for the first time - it was awe-some, to drive by this amazing piece of architecture in the middle of a sleepy suburb.
posted by kalimac at 6:49 PM on January 28, 2006


Wha? I drive past this at least 2x a week and never had any idea it was designed by Wright. It's really something.
posted by iconomy at 7:04 PM on January 28, 2006


Great link.
I didn't know this Wright's building.
The commentary is very interesting too: Mies' towers make a good counterpoint.
posted by bru at 7:38 PM on January 28, 2006


also check out this church in phoenix arizona
http://www.fccstriving.com/page.aspx?id=98291

http://www.peterbeers.net/interests/flw_rt/Arizona/first_christian_church/first_christian_church.htm
posted by robbyrobs at 7:41 PM on January 28, 2006


Wright-inspired tattoo! Now, that's an idea.

I am a huge Wright junkie. I finally made the Pilgramage to Fallingwater last fall, and it's every bit as good as you imagine. We also visited Kentuck Knob that day. Taliesin is another must-see, particularly because as an instructional location it really expresses the WRight philosophy. The Zimmerman House is here in NH, and I've got to get out there. And one day I'll visit the motherlode in Chicago.

Thanks for posting. Wright was a true American genius. His ideas are still good ones.
posted by Miko at 9:00 PM on January 28, 2006


Great post, but anyone else on Safari have trouble with the text being cut off at the bottom?
posted by 6:1 at 9:13 PM on January 28, 2006


Fascinating to compare this to Wright's other major (completed) religious building, Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL, built between 1906 and 1908. Of course, very different times, very different clients, but still ...
posted by rob511 at 9:38 PM on January 28, 2006


Aha, "frank lloyd wright leg tattoo" search came up with what I was looking for, the Frank Lloyd Wright Road Trip. There are a lot of really good, high quality images in here.
posted by tweak at 11:40 PM on January 28, 2006


It's curious how many of us live near this building. I see it everyday on the bus to work.
posted by scalefree at 12:58 AM on January 29, 2006


I live about mile from the synagogue and have been inside on a couple of occasions. The congregation is pretty happy with the whole deal, except that it leaks a little.
posted by fixedgear at 3:46 AM on January 29, 2006


anyone else on Safari have trouble with the text being cut off at the bottom

not just safari. slate autosizes the popup window without scroll bars and then puts the navigation controls at the bottom. next to last slide, the navigation controls are obscured by the window size they chose. with no scrollbars, the only choice is to resize the window, by which time we can discover it takes larger than xga to resize the window to access the navigation controls, requiring keyboard shortcuts to move the top of the window off the screen just to get to the navigation controls.
posted by 3.2.3 at 6:49 AM on January 29, 2006


Here in San Luis Obispo,we have a Wright.
posted by hortense at 10:33 AM on January 29, 2006


Thanks 3.2.3.
posted by 6:1 at 10:47 AM on January 29, 2006


The synagogue reminded me of this.


K'ploch!
posted by lalochezia at 2:49 PM on January 29, 2006


I was involved in the youth group at Beth Sholom in high school and have been in the sanctuary many a time for services. It really is a cool building, and something that gets taken for granted by congregants and local neighbors. But it really is cool.
posted by LilBucner at 4:06 PM on January 29, 2006


Thanks for the links, you guys. That First Christian Church is impressive. Those skylights... Wow!

It never ceases to amaze me how modern FLW's work looks, even to this day.
posted by Afroblanco at 7:56 PM on January 29, 2006


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