Kane Street Synagogue

Brooklyn, New York

Challenge

The Kane Street Synagogue building began as a church in the mid-1800s. Successive alterations and a serious fire had buried windows, crowded functions into inadequate spaces, and applied layers of paint onto historic façades.

The expanding congregation which had acquired the property at the turn of the 20th century, required a modern facility that respected the historic character of both building and neighborhood. The two-level dilapidated and drab structure needed to be replaced with a three-story building, while restoring the original façade and connecting the Community building to the adjacent Sanctuary. Great value in design was achieved within a constrained budget.