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Architecture in Service of the Sacred and Spiritual - A Study in Contrasts

Guided tour begins with the 1950s E. Stewart Williams “modernist” designed Liberman Chapel, and ends with the contrasting 1980s Bochner Sanctuary addition. $35 (1 hr)


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The guided tour of Temple Isaiah, a stunning architectural masterpiece, begins with a step back in time to see the E. Stewart Williams “modernist”- designed Liberman Chapel.  It ends with the contrasting Bochner Sanctuary, a later addition that features a colorful centerpiece ark by the Israeli sculptor and kinetic artist Yaakov Agam, and a magnificent panoramic window view of the San Jacinto Mountains. The original Temple Isaiah building, designed in 1949, is the only synagogue designed by E. Stewart Williams.  Dedicated in 1952, it won an award from the American Institute of Architects. Noted for its reinforced concrete arches and cantilevered stairs, the stone, wood, glass and plaster elements echo Williams’ 1947 design for Frank Sinatra’s modernist “Twin Palms” Palm Springs home. The tour includes an overview of the relationship of the local Jewish community with Williams, Sinatra, and other notable individuals and Palm Springs families. A highlight of the tour will be a multi-media presentation, along with a brochure that includes historic photographs and architectural drawings by Williams, Donald Wexler, Rick Harrison, David Christian and others who created ceremonial aspects of both the original and the newer sanctuary.

$35

Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
Please arrive 15 minutes before tour start and use the west entry adjacent to the Temple Isaiah parking lot.
Self-parking in Temple Isaiah parking lot on Alejo Road adjacent to west entry.
Handicap parking available.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Temple Isaiah.

 

Event Check-in Location

Temple Isaiah, 322 W. Alejo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Chuck Steinman, E. Stewart Williams Designed Jewish Community Center, Julius Shulman, 1953, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10), Chuck Steinman, Chuck Steinman, E. Stewart Williams Designed Jewish Community Center, Julius Shulman, 1953, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10), Temple Archives

 

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