Beth Israel Synagogue (Norwalk, Connecticut)

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Beth Israel Synagogue
Canaan Institutional Baptist Church 002.JPG
Front entrance, May 18, 2012
Beth Israel Synagogue (Norwalk, Connecticut) is located in Connecticut
Beth Israel Synagogue (Norwalk, Connecticut)
Beth Israel Synagogue (Norwalk, Connecticut) is located in the US
Beth Israel Synagogue (Norwalk, Connecticut)
Location 31 Concord St., Norwalk, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°5′35″N 73°25′9″W / 41.09306°N 73.41917°W / 41.09306; -73.41917Coordinates: 41°5′35″N 73°25′9″W / 41.09306°N 73.41917°W / 41.09306; -73.41917
Built 1906
Architectural style Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Moorish Revival
NRHP reference # 91001684[1]
Added to NRHP November 29, 1991

Beth Israel Synagogue(added to National Register of Historical Places in 1991 - #91001684) "Also known as Canaan Institutional Baptist Church [Since 1972],[2] 31 Concord St.,[South] Norwalk[3]

Beth Israel Synagogue is a historic Orthodox synagogue building located at 31 Concord Street in the South Norwalk section of the city of Norwalk, Connecticut. The Moorish Revival style building is the only known synagogue building in Connecticut displaying Moorish onion domes, and an unusual example of an urban wood-frame synagogue.[4] It was built in 1906.[1] Since 1972 the building has been owned by Canaan Institutional Baptist Church. (Beth Israel's Orthodox congregation is now known as Beth Israel of Norwalk/Westport and worships in a new building at 40 King Street in Norwalk.)[5]

The building's design is influenced by that of the 1872 Central Synagogue in New York City, which also has onion domes. While the onion domes are an unusual detail, the architecture is otherwise within usual standards for synagogues in Connecticut. Beth Israel is further the only frame-construction, rather than wood-frame, synagogue in Connecticut of its era.[6]:8–9

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