Volume 73, Number 54 | May 12 - 18, 2004

Broome St. synagogue is landmarked

The Landmarks Preservation Commission on May 11 designated Kehila Kedosha Janina, the 1927 synagogue at 208 Broome St., as a city landmark.

The two-story brick-faced house of worship, designed by the architect Sydney Daub, was commissioned by a congregation of Romaniote Jews who emigrated from Janina in northwestern Greece beginning in 1905.

“Kehila Kedosha is a jewel that captures the excitement of cultural life in New York City and contributes to the vibrant history of the Lower East Side,” said Robert B. Tierney, chairperson of the commission.

The synagogue was also one of nine restoration projects honored by the Landmarks Conservancy on May 10 with the 13th annual Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards. The Kehila Kedosha Janina restoration last year was designed by the architect Leonard Colchamiro and executed by the contractor, Larry Burda.

The Landmarks Conservancy, a private preservation organization, also gave a Lucy Moses Award to the recently completed $2.7 million restoration of the Washington Sq. Arch by the Department of Parks and Recreation and Building Conservation Associates.

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