Baytown in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
K'Nesseth Israel Synagogue
In response to area population growth following the early 20th century Goose Creek oil field boom, twenty incorporating members formed the K'Nesseth Israel congregation in 1928 to serve the area's Jewish residents. They hired Houston architect Leonard Gabert to design this synagogue, which was completed in 1930. Outstanding features of the structure include its barrel vault roof, round-headed stained glass windows, and arched brickwork entry.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1991
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10710.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1928.
Location. 29° 44.03′ N, 94° 58.089′ W. Marker is in Baytown, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of West Sterling Avenue and North Commerce Street, on the right when traveling west on West Sterling Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baytown TX 77520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Baytown Post Office (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee CollegeGeorge Washington Carver High School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Goose Creek Stream (approx. 0.9 miles away); Robert E. Lee High School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ashbel Smith M.D. (approx. 2 miles away); The Bayland Guards (approx. 2.1 miles away); Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baytown.
Also see . . . Baytown's K'Nesseth Israel: the little congregation that could. Jewish Herald-Voice (July 1, 2010) (Submitted on March 19, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 495 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 17, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. 2. submitted on March 17, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.