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Jewish Architecture
  Synagogue at Lekstraat in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

© Willy Lindwer, Photographer: Lindwer, Willy, 2002

In 1934, Jewish architects participated in a competition for the design of this synagogue. The design created by the architect A. Elzas was chosen as the final design for this building. The rectangular shaped functionalist building was made out of concrete and the facades were decorated with dressed stone. The main entrance includes the Hebrew inscription of I Kings 6:13. The ground floor of this building contains square-shaped windows while the upper floor has horizontal window panes. The gallery’s on the inside of the synagogue, running along three sides of the assembly hall, are supported by inconspicuous columns. The Torah ark is positioned in a marble niche. The jury of the design competition demanded that the bimah would not be placed near the ark but rather in the center of the hall. The synagogue was consecrated for religious services in the year 1937. An adjacent building segment contained a youth shul (ground floor), meeting rooms (first floor) and a private residence (second floor).

After the Second World War, the Jewish services resumed. The youth shul was redeveloped into a proper synagogue in the year 1985 by the architect E. Spier after which the main synagogue was closed down and repurposed as an auction house.

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Name/Title
Synagogue at Lekstraat in Amsterdam | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1936-1937
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Unknown
Location
The Netherlands | Amsterdam
| Lekstraat 61-63 | 1079 EM
Site
Unknown
School/Style
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Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Brick
Measurements
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Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
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Weight
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Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
Unknown |
Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Synagogue
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
B (Fair)
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
3 (National)
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
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Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
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Hallmark
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Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
https://www.amsterdam.nl/kunst-cultuur/monumenten/beschrijvingen/synagoge-lekstraat-0/

Edward van Voolen and Paul Meijer, Synagogen van Nederland (Zutphen: Walburg Pers, 2006)
J.F. van Agt and Edward van Voolen, Synagogen in Nederland (Hilversum: Gooi and Sticht, 1988)
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Page
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Documenter
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Author of description
Remy Arkenbosch | 2018
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Negative/Photo. No.