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Gates of Heaven Synagogue

1863

 
 
Gates of Heaven Synagogue Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 28, 2010
1. Gates of Heaven Synagogue Marker
Inscription. Gates of Heaven was designed for Madison's first Jewish congregation by local architect August Kutzbock in the German Romanesque style. Kutzbock also used this distinctive style for the Pierce and Keenan houses at Pinckney and Gilman. The building later served as the first Unitarian Society Meeting House, the Women's Christian Temperance Union, other churches and a funeral home. In 1971 it was saved from demolition through the efforts of local citizens and moved from its original location at 214 W. Washington Ave.
 
Erected 1974 by Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 23.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.799′ N, 89° 23.094′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of East Gorham Street and North Butler Street, on the right when traveling west on East Gorham Street. Click for map. The marker is on the Gates of Heaven Synagogue in James Madison Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 East Gorham Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Voluntarios Internacionales de la Libertad (within shouting distance
Gates of Heaven Synagogue image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 28, 2010
2. Gates of Heaven Synagogue
of this marker); Nichols Station (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Governor's Mansion (about 500 feet away); Timothy Brown House (about 600 feet away); Mansion Hill Historic District (about 600 feet away); Period Garden Park (about 600 feet away); Keyes House (about 700 feet away); Kendall House (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Gates of Heaven Synagogue. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "Noted Madison architect, August Kutzbock, who was trained in Germany, designed this little gem of a building. ... Gates of Heaven (Shaare Shomain in Hebrew) was built in 1863 on W. Washington Avenue for Madison's first Jewish congregation."
 
Also see . . .
1. Gates of Heaven. (City of Madison Parks page, which includes additional information and interior photos) (Submitted on June 30, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. Pierce House. Marker for nearby house by same architect. (Submitted on July 1, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
Gates of Heaven Synagogue Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
3. Gates of Heaven Synagogue Marker
A view after the first snow of the year. The marker is to the right of the front door.
 

3. Keenan House. Marker for nearby house by same architect. (Submitted on July 1, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

4. Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on March 19, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable Buildings
 
Pierce House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 28, 2010
4. Pierce House
Nearby house designed by the same architect and in the same style as Gates of Heaven.
Keenan House image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 28, 2010
5. Keenan House
Nearby house designed by the same architect and in the same style as Gates of Heaven (except that the mansard roof was not part of the original design or construction).
Former Location of Gates of Heaven Synagogue image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 28, 2010
6. Former Location of Gates of Heaven Synagogue
 
 
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