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Jewish Architecture
  Synagogue at Jacob Obrechtplein in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

© Fnorp from nl [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons, Photographer: Unknown, 2005

The building complex includes a synagogue, a small shul, a mikveh and two private residences for the Jewish community. It was designed by the architect H. Etle Phzn. and contains architectural features reminiscing the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. The synagogue was consecrated in 1928 and is entered from the marble vestibule which includes a glazed terracotta fountain. The interior of the synagogue is designed in an Art Deco style. The Torah ark is placed in a niche of the assembly hall. The bimah is situated at the center of this space. The glass windows of the synagogue symbolize the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The austere building complex stands apart from the surrounding built environment because of its design and size. The canopy at the entrance of the building includes a Hebrew inscription based on Psalm 2:11.

After the Second World War, the synagogue was renovated by C. van der Wilk. The roof of the building was restored by the architect A. Oznowicz in the year 1950. A subsequent renovation occurred in 1997 after which the facades, ornamental details and stained glass windows were cleaned and restored.

The synagogue is named after the Chief Rabbi Aron Schuster (1907-1994).

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Name/Title
Synagogue at Jacob Obrechtplein in Amsterdam | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1927-28
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Unknown
Location
The Netherlands | Amsterdam
| Heinzestraat 1-3/Jacob Obrechtplein | 1071 SK
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
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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
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
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
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
http://amsterdamse-school.nl/objecten/gebouwen/synagoge,-jacob-obrechtplein,-amsterdam/

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)
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
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Author of description
Remy Arkenbosch | 2018
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.