Enhancing a Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece
Temple Adath Israel is a conservative synagogue in suburban Philadelphia. Our firm worked with the on an extensive, multiple phase renovation and addition project for their well-known Pietro Belluschi-designed synagogue, which is distinguished by its openness and striking stained glass ceiling. As other synagogues in the area closed, Temple Adath Israel has welcomed many new members to their congregation. Consequently, the campus has grown over the years resulting in a confusing entry and circulation system. The congregation needed additional space and a more flexible sanctuary that could accommodate contemporary worship styles.
Our design enhances the characteristic features of Belluschi’s modernist building and addresses current functional and programmatic issues. The renovated sanctuary includes new and restored finishes, lighting, audiovisual systems, and furniture. A new moveable bimah, ark, and award-winning glass installation by artist Paul Housberg complement the modernist architecture.
Structural Engineer: Keast & Hood; MEP Engineer: Bruce E. Brooks & Associates; Lighting Designer: Beam; Contractor: Wohlsen; Photography: Tom Crane
"From the moment I entered the sanctuary this morning, I felt at peace. The sanctuary is not just gorgeous, but every part of it seems to work together." Elliott Miller, President, Temple Adath Israel