Fur Center Synagogue, Chelsea, NYC

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The Fur Center Synagogue is a simple two-story box on West 29th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. It was constructed in 1964 and as the name denotes, the congregation was made up of Fur District workers. In 1996, due to dwindling numbers, the building was sold to Subud, an international spiritual movement, to become the Subud Chelsea Center. From pictures on the group’s website, the interior decoration is sparse with no touches of its 1960s roots. The outside is also largely unadorned except the blue tile panel above the front door and the matching metal blue doors. There is also an original black granite base at ground level that continues vertically at each corner of the facade, framing the building. Originally there was a menorah on the front of the building which has been replaced by the circular Subud symbol.

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