Image: The Worship Space
Sure this one isn’t exactly in Downtown (CBD), but it is in the urban core. Located on 19th street and N.E. 2nd Avenue, the Temple is not easily noticed. Nevertheless, it is one of the City’s most strikingly beautiful sacred spaces. The main temple sanctuary, built in 1926, was designed by Robertson and Paterson to create a “Moorish-Gothic confection of stained glass and tropical tile”.
In addition to the main sanctuary, there is the other-worldly worship space. The Temple’s website describes it this way:
“Imagine a large, luminous igloo suffused with rays of sunlight and eye-popping color, and you begin to get the idea.”
Image: Worship space interior as seen on the Temple’s website
Temple Israel of Greater Miami takes its role in Judaism as a reformation:
“Reform Judaism is, as much as anything, a search for truths rather than a recitation of them…The architecture of this chapel is intended to echo that quest.”
Such an unorthodox integration of faith and architecture makes this sacred space truly wondrous.
Bertha Abess Sanctuary (image provided by Vivian Simo)