Mikro Kodesh Synagogue

Individual Landmark

 

 Oliver_Ave_N_1000_Mikro_Kodesh_Synagogue-1
1937

 Oliver_Ave_N_1000_Mikro_Kodesh_Synagogue-2
2006

Address: 1000 Oliver Avenue North

Neighborhood: Near North

Construction Date: 1926

Contractor: Maurice Mandel

Architect: Septimus J. Bowler

Architectural Style: Exotic Revival

Historic Use: Religious - Synagogue

Current Use: Religious - Church

Date of Local Designation: 1998

Date of National Register Designation: N/A

Area(s) of Significance: Architecture, Religion, Social/Humanitarian

Period of Significance: 1900-

Historic Profile: Built in 1926 the Mikro Kodesh Synagogue provided a strong sense of place for what was identified in 1958 as the largest Orthodox congregation in the Upper Midwest. Minneapolis architect S.J. Bowler incorporated several motifs into the design of the impressive structure. Golden domes and semi-circular pediment echo Byzantine sources while the towers and arched windows are Romanesque. Other unique design features are the carved lions wearing crowns guarding the Hebrew scrolls and the fourteen remaining Stars of David (two have been replaced by Christian Crosses). Even though the Mikro Kodesh congregation no longer resides at the location, the building remains physical evidence of a once vibrant Jewish community in north Minneapolis.

Photo Credits:

1937, Minneapolis Star Journal, courtesy of The Minnesota Historical Society

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

"City of Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission Registration Form," May 1996.

Updated: September 2011

Last updated Nov 21, 2011