The Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles

The Wilshire Boulevard Temple, listed on America’s Register of Historic Places, is in the final stages of a $175 million renovation. I toured this extraordinary landmark last week and was truly impressed. Originally constructed in 1929, the synagogue boasts a 100-foot high dome that glows with heavenly light. Under the inspired aegis of project architect, Brenda Levin of Levin and Associates, the revitalization will restore the splendor of the building and secure this treasure of Los Angeles architecture for future generations.  

Interior dome, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles

Several contemporary artists have been engaged to create site-specific pieces that will enhance the building and bring an updated aspect to the historic premises. The first commission to be completed in September will be by Los Angeles-based artist Lita Albuquerque, who has devoted her career to an examination of the elemental and spiritual in both her performance and object work. Jenny Holzer is creating a group of  twelve benches that will be installed in December and other projects will be announced shortly.

Stained glass window, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles

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