Congregation Agudath Shalom

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Congregation Agudath Shalom
Congregation Agudath Shalom Chelsea MA.jpg
Congregation Agudath Shalom is located in Massachusetts
Congregation Agudath Shalom
Location145 Walnut St., Chelsea, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°23′34.5″N 71°2′15″W / 42.392917°N 71.03750°W / 42.392917; -71.03750Coordinates: 42°23′34.5″N 71°2′15″W / 42.392917°N 71.03750°W / 42.392917; -71.03750
Area0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built1909
ArchitectJoll, Harry Dustin
Architectural styleRomanesque
Governing bodyPrivate
NRHP Reference #93000283[1]
Added to NRHPApril 16, 1993
 
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Congregation Agudath Shalom
Congregation Agudath Shalom Chelsea MA.jpg
Congregation Agudath Shalom is located in Massachusetts
Congregation Agudath Shalom
Location145 Walnut St., Chelsea, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°23′34.5″N 71°2′15″W / 42.392917°N 71.03750°W / 42.392917; -71.03750Coordinates: 42°23′34.5″N 71°2′15″W / 42.392917°N 71.03750°W / 42.392917; -71.03750
Area0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built1909
ArchitectJoll, Harry Dustin
Architectural styleRomanesque
Governing bodyPrivate
NRHP Reference #93000283[1]
Added to NRHPApril 16, 1993

Congregation Agudath Shalom, also known as Agudas Sholom the Walnut Street Synagogue or the Walnut Street Shul, is an active, historic Orthodox Jewish synagogue at 145 Walnut Street in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

History[edit]

The congregation was founded in 1887.[2] The present building was erected in 1909, one year after the great fire that destroyed a third of the buildings in the city. The architect was Harry Dustin Joll. The congregation's previous building was destroyed in the great fire.[3]

It is the oldest surviving synagogue in Chelsea, a city that was one-third Jewish at the time the synagogue was built.[4]

The synagogue possesses a "remarkable" series of wall and ceiling frescoes painted by Jewish immigrant artists.[5] The "magnificent" carved Torah Ark was created by a noted Boston-area cabinetmaker who specialized in synagogue furniture, San Katz, in the 1920s.[4] The synagogue was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

Agudas Sholom chapel at Everett Jewish Cemetery

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ http://www.olgp.net/chs/church/synagogue.htm
  3. ^ The Burning of Chelsea by Walter Merriam Pratt Published by Sampson publishing company, 1908, p. 46
  4. ^ a b Chelsea, By Harriman Clarke, Arcadia Publishing, 2003, p. 87
  5. ^ Marilyn J. Chiat, America's Religious Architecture, Wiley, 1997 p. 51

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