Congregation Habonim, Upper West Side, NYC

This is a small, low-rise elegant synagogue at 44 West 66th Street off of Central Park West. According to the 1978 AIA Guide it was designed in 1957 by Stanley Prowler and Frank Faillance. I couldn’t find much on Prowler, who died in 2004, besides his later firm of Prowler and Carthew. But a quick search of Faillance in the American Architects Directories of 1956 and 1970, show he worked for both Norman Bel Geddes and Raymond Loewy, later had his own firm, but closed that firm in 1957 and joined powerhouse Skidmore Owings and Merrill, where he still was in 1970. It is unclear if this is the only building they worked on together.

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2 Responses to Congregation Habonim, Upper West Side, NYC

  1. This was my paternal grandparent’s synagogue. They lived in Jamaica, Queens and chose this synagogue because it was established by Refugees from Nazi Germany & Holocaust Survivors. They both were Holocaust Survivors from what is now The Czech Republic.

  2. Ben says:

    Sadly, this Synagogue has been demolished. A high rise is under construction at the site and the congregation will occupy the lower floors.

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