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Congregation Beth Torah is an inspiring example of mid-century modern architecture. Its undulating brick walls and free-floating ceiling were designed by Richard Foster, architect of the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair. An early 2000’s addition to the building provided additional worship and social space, but the congregation quickly outgrew its new footprint. When construction began on a nearby facility to house the congregation’s social and secular events, PKSB was commissioned to renovate the original facility as a renewed spiritual center. The windowless basement social hall was re-imagined as a sky-lit garden for prayer and reflection. Small classrooms and office spaces were combined to provide flexible worship and meeting spaces. The exterior plaza was fitted out with additional lighting, planters, and provisions for temporary sukkah during the celebration of Sukkot.
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