View, Temple of Israel, Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina

Temple of Israel (Wilmington, N.C.)
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View, Temple of Israel, Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina
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Black and white print (photograph)
7 x 5 inches
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Architectural photographs
Wilmington (N.C.)
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Built Heritage

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North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office
State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) held by North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office
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Building: Temple of Israel (Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina)

Provenance note:
Jewish congregation established in 1872.
Historical note:
The building's congregation is the oldest Jewish congregation in North Carolina. The temple lies within the boundaries of the Wilmington Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Architectural note:
In contrast to Wilmington's Italianate architecture, the temple displays Moorish details. The design for the Temple Israel has been attributed to architect Alex Strausz, based on the report in the May 20, 1875 Wilmington Morning Star that the contract for the symmetrical structure "of the Moorish order of architecture" was given to the Cape Fear Building Company and was the "original design" of Alex Strausz, a partner in the company. However, there is evidence that the design may have its origins in Philadelphia, for on the 50th anniversary of the Temple, President Marcus Jacobi (whose father was founding president) said the design was obtained from Samuel Sloan of Philadelphia. James Sprung states in his Chronicles of the Cape Fear that the building was "according to plans drawn in Philadelphia and altered and amended by our townsman, James Walker."
General note:
Reference: Beverly Tetterton, Helen F. Solomon and JoAnn Fogler, History of the Temple of Israel, Wilmington, North Carolina, 1876 - 2001 (2001).
Wilmington (N.C.)
Historic buildings
National Register of Historic Places
North Carolina -- History