WJE Awarded for Work on Eldridge Street Synagogue

May 23, 2012
Faith & Form Magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) recently recognized the project team behind the dramatic capstone to the 25-year-long historic restoration of lower Manhattan's Eldridge Street Synagogue. The team, including Tim Allanbrook (Senior Principal at WJE and Building Architect for the project), received a 2011 Religious Art and Architecture Honor Award for Religious Arts - Visual Arts for the installation of a 16-foot, circular stained-glass window overlooking the highly ornamented sanctuary.

Evoking the night sky, the contemporary design features spiraling ribs and white light emanating from a central Star of David. The complex motif was created by laminating layers of traditional stained-glass to large sheets of plate glass, using silicone in place of lead. This modern substitution allows extra light to penetrate the window. Reflecting on the fusion of traditional and contemporary design elements, the award jury applauded the window design for tying together the art and architecture of the building.

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