[Ark and Bimah, main sanctuary at Beth-El Congregation]

Description:

Photograph, taken in 2000, of the "bimah" or altar in the main sanctuary at Beth-El Congregation, 207 W. Broadway, Fort Worth. The building was constructed in 1920, rebuilt in 1948 after a fire gutted the interior, and remodeled in 1981. The 1948 rebuilding and redesign were by the Hungarian-American interior designer Erno Fabry. His design ideas include the stone wall behind the altar, built with reddish Colorado travertine, the ark (which contained the Torahs) framed with gray-veined cremo-Italian marble, as well as the gate with its Art Deco design, and the copper-colored menorahs flanking the ark. In 1981, architect-designer John Mike Cohen of St. Louis oversaw a major remodeling of the sanctuary with peach carpet, chairs, and fiberglass lights resembling a flock of dove.

Creator(s): Lauer, Ralph
Location(s): United States - Texas - Tarrant County - Fort Worth
Creation Date: 2000  
Partner(s):
Beth-El Congregation Archives
Collection(s):
Rescuing Texas History, 2010
Usage:
Total Uses: 201
Past 30 days: 7
Yesterday: 0
Creator (Photographer):
Lauer, Ralph

"Photo by Ralph Lauer for Beth-El Congregation Archives"

Date(s):
  • Creation: 2000
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas - Tarrant County - Fort Worth
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
Date
2000  
Description:

Photograph, taken in 2000, of the "bimah" or altar in the main sanctuary at Beth-El Congregation, 207 W. Broadway, Fort Worth. The building was constructed in 1920, rebuilt in 1948 after a fire gutted the interior, and remodeled in 1981. The 1948 rebuilding and redesign were by the Hungarian-American interior designer Erno Fabry. His design ideas include the stone wall behind the altar, built with reddish Colorado travertine, the ark (which contained the Torahs) framed with gray-veined cremo-Italian marble, as well as the gate with its Art Deco design, and the copper-colored menorahs flanking the ark. In 1981, architect-designer John Mike Cohen of St. Louis oversaw a major remodeling of the sanctuary with peach carpet, chairs, and fiberglass lights resembling a flock of dove.

Physical Description:

1 photograph : col. ; 8 x 10 in.

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Subject(s):
Keyword(s): temples | Judaism | Jewish community
Contributor(s):
  • Designer : Fabry, Erno Designed wall and ark.
  • Designer : Erno Fabry Hungarian-American interior designer
  • Architect : Cohen, John Mike John Mike Cohen of St. Louis; remodeled the sanctuary in 1981.
Partner:
Beth-El Congregation Archives
Collection:
Rescuing Texas History, 2010
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: BEA-PIX-BLD2-INT-003
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth188538
Resource Type: Photograph
Format: Image