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West Suburban Temple Har Zion

Address

1040 N. Harlem Ave.

Neighborhood

Oak Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: Closed

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Loebl, Schlossman and Bennett, 1953

Website

wsthz.org

Description

Completed in 1953 to designs by the prominent Chicago architecture firm of Loebl Schlossman and Bennett, this Modernist temple is home to truly unique works of art. Most prominent of these are a set of five two-story stained glass windows in the Gottlieb Community Hall designed in 1967 by artist, cartoonist, and illustrator William Gropper. The windows render scenes from Genesis in boldly colorful faceted glass. The very unusual moving bima, or altar, enables the facility to shift from intimate services to a giant hall capable of holding hundreds. The exterior features a remarkable sculpture created by Milton Horn in 1951--possibly the first figurative sculpture installed on a synagogue in over 2,000 years.

Visitor Experience

Admire the intricate beauty of Gropper’s famous two-story stained glass windows, and explore this Modernist synagogue building. A short film about the windows will repeat.

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