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554 Prospect Place

 

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Former Temple Isaac, now Faith Chapel Baptist Church
554 Prospect Place
Classon and Franklin Avenues
Crow Hill (Crown Heights North)
1922
Moorish Inspired with a hint of Art Deco
Martyn N. Weinstein
Ocean Parkway Jewish Center
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This magnificent building, known as "Temple Isaac", was built in 1922. Designed by architect Martyn N. Weinstein - well-known throughout the city for his synagogue and temple designs - it used to be a popular synagogue serving the prosperous Jewish community that lived in the Crown Heights North area since the 1920s.

 

The building exhibits outstanding Moorish revival architecture (Islamic motifs), blended with Art Deco elements, such as tall arched doors, and a diamond-shaped brick facade with a geometric-patterned stained glass window, as well as soaring romantic arched windows on both sides of the building. 

 

In the past three decades it has been operating as a Baptist church and was slated for demolition by all competing developers. Thankfully Komaru secured the building and will oversee its restoration.

 

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THE TEMPLE

554 Prospect Street