Society Hill Synagogue
Brawer & Hauptman has been working with the congregation for several years, starting with a feasibility study that resulted in the purchase of a neighboring rowhouse. The historic building, originally designed by Thomas U. Walter, the architect of the U.S. Capitol, was separated from the rowhouse by a narrow side yard. The design links the two buildings with a two-story glass connector that also serves as a new entrance. The rowhouse addition provides new accessible bathrooms, six classrooms for religious school, adult education and a pre-school. An elevator makes most of the multi-level complex barrier-free. The project also includes renovations to the main building's social hall and administrative offices.