Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Beth Sholom Synagogue, Elkins Park, PA.

  • 28 Jun 2011
  • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 8231 Old York Road Elkins Park, PA 19027 tel: 215-887-1342, x106

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Beth Sholom Synagogue EVENT FULL

Join us for a tour and discussion of recent preservation efforts at Beth Sholom, Frank Lloyd Wright’s only synagogue and the last project completed before his death in 1959.  The tour will provide an overview of the history of this remarkable building, from the early idea for a new kind of synagogue through its construction. The tour will take participants through this “Temple of Light,” including spaces not usually open to the public.

 Speakers will discuss a recently completed conservation assessment of the building, funded by the Getty Foundation, which represents the first significant effort to document and analyze the building to help plan for its long-term preservation. There will be discussion of the building’s exterior envelope design and the challenges it poses for climate control, as well as the building’s complex structural system and Wright’s original finishes and furnishings. Current efforts to design barrier-free accessibility for the building will also be addressed.

The tour will conclude with a light reception and a chance to view the exhibits in the recently opened Beth Sholom Visitor Center.

Proceeds from the tour will be donated to the Beth Sholom Synagogue Preservation Foundation. See
Tour will provide AIA-CEUs

Speaker Biographies
Emily Cooperman, founder and principal of ARCH Preservation Consulting, is the Preservation Director of Beth Sholom Synagogue Preservation Foundation. She was also the author of the National Historic Landmark nomination for Beth Sholom Synagogue.  Before founding ARCH Preservation Consulting in 2007, Dr. Cooperman was the Director of Historic Preservation for the Cultural Resource Consulting Group. She also previously served as the Director of Research for the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught courses in landscape history and preservation at the University of Pennsylvania and at Bryn Mawr College.

Michael C. Henry, PE, AIA is Principal Engineer/Architect with Watson & Henry Associates. For the past 24 years, he has specialized, nationally and internationally, in the preservation of historic buildings, in engineered stabilization of large artifacts and in analysis and design of environments for museum collections. He is Adjunct Professor of Architecture in the Historic Preservation program at the University of Pennsylvania, teaches Sustainable Strategies at the Center for Sustainable Heritage at University College London, UK, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Delaware/Winterthur Program in Art Conservation. Mr. Henry has been an instructor and consultant for the Getty Conservation Institute. In 2006, he received a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar award to teach and research on the topic of low energy collections environments in historic buildings.

Dorothy Krotzer is an architectural conservator and regional director of the Philadelphia office of Building Conservation Associates, Inc. Ms. Krotzer has worked on a broad range of conservation projects throughout the United States. She has an expressed interest and significant experience in the area of finishes analysis and has performed research on the historic paint finishes of numerous landmarks, including two Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. She is the author of  “Practice Points 6: Architectural Finishes Research and Analysis” (2008) and “Analyzing Mortars and Stuccos at the College of Charleston: A Comprehensive Approach” (2009), both of which were published in the APT Bulletin. The latter article was awarded the APTI Oliver Torrey Fuller Award for Technical Excellence.

Christopher Miller AIA has been a partner in John Milner Architects since 2009. He has twenty years of experience in architecture and historic preservation, including ecclesiastical, residential, commercial and institutional design for both new and existing structures. Prior to joining the firm in1998, he served as a project manager in the Facilities Planning and Construction Department of the University of Delaware. In that capacity, his work included developing and supervising architectural projects involving the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings and the design and construction of new buildings. Mr. Miller manages John Milner Architects' large and complex projects involving historically and architecturally significant churches, university buildings and cultural properties.

Eytan Solomon, PE, LEED AP is a structural engineer with Robert Silman Associates, the firm responsible for structural assessments and repairs at twelve Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including Fallingwater and the Guggenheim. Eytan has worked on numerous historic preservation projects as well as new construction and adaptive reuse. He was raised in Cheltenham township.