The unbuilt synagogues of the Great Depression
Yet the best snapshot of the lost dreams of the 1920s may be the magnificent unbuilt sanctuary of Brooklyn’s Union Temple. It was to have been a classical temple, relying for grandeur on the sheer scale of its columned entrance and vaulted sanctuary. The eight-story Hebrew School wing was finished before the crash, and the congregation settled for renovating the auditorium into a worship space.
When the economy crashes, we adjust.
Left: exterior of the plan for Brooklyn’s Union Temple, and eight-story Hebrew School. Right: planned interior of Union Temple’s unbuilt classical sanctuary.
CREDIT: Union Temple
Diana Muir Appelbaum, who has written for a number of Jewish publications, is working on a book about nationalism.