Beth Sholom Synagogue (1954), Elkins Park, Pennsylvania


Beth Sholom Synagogue is anchored to the ground by concrete walls that incorporate the foundation buttresses for the three steel tripod girders which support the steeply inclined walls, allowing the full upper floor freedom from internal supports. The woven walls of the sanctuary are composed of translucent layers of wire glass and plastic with air space between them for insulation. During the day, the interior is lit by natural light entering through the translucent walls overhead. At night, the entire building glows from interior artificial lighting. This structure has been designated by the American Institute of Architects as one of seventeen buildings designed by Wright to be retained as an example of his architectural contribution to American culture.

 
Location: 8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
Tours are available on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. During January, February, July, and August, tours are available by appointment only.

Also see: Seventeen Buildings Honored by the American Institute of Architects
 


Sources:
William Allin Storrer, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (1995), #373.
Robin Langley Sommer, “Beth Sholom Synagogue,” Frank Lloyd Wright: A Gatefold Portfolio (1997), no page number.