Temple Beth El

Title

Temple Beth El

Publisher

Lawrence Technological University

Date Created

July 3, 2019

Alternative Title or Name

Bethel Community Transformation Center

Lighthouse Cathedral

Creator

Kahn, Albert

Creator2

Aluzzo, Adrienne (photograph)

Creator Nationality

American

Work Type

architectural elements

Date

1922

Work Location

Michigan (state)

Detroit (inhabited place)

Style/Period

Classical Revival (European revival style)

Subject

capitals (column components)
Ionic order
entablatures

Description

Detail view of Ionic column capital and entablature at Temple Beth El (formerly), designed by Detroit architect, Albert Kahn (a member of the congregation) in 1922. The congregation grew too large for the temple and after several name changes is currently called the Bethel Community Transformation Center. "The structure is three stories high with dimensions of 140 feet by 240 feet. It is a rectangular, flat-roofed, Classical-style, limestone structure built in 1921-22. The Woodward Avenue side is the most notable elevation. It is spanned by a shallow. eight column, Ionic portico sheltering three sets of entrance doors with simple classical surrounds. The rest of the walls are sheathed in plain masonry relieved only by the denticulated cornice ... The interior includes numerous plainly finished class rooms, lounges, offices, meeting rooms, and service facilities in addition to the main auditorium. This latter is a vast, domed space with curving pews arranged in a semi-circle on a sloping floor with a balcony across the rear. The focus of the room is the raised platform that now contains a choir and pulpit. The ceiling and walls are ornamented with frescoes depicting events and personages from Jewish history,"--National Register of Historic Places website.

Material/Medium

limestone

Reproduction Type

jpeg

ID Number

LTU-AK-TBE005

Files

LTU-AK-TBE005.jpg
Date Added
July 3, 2019
Collection
Albert Kahn Collection
Item Type
VRA Core
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Citation
“Temple Beth El,” LTU Digital Images, accessed December 9, 2021, https://ltuimagecollection.omeka.net/items/show/18057.