A Williamsburg architecture brush-up

A Williamsburg architecture brush-up

I recently returned my focus to the project of exploring the architecture of Hasidic Williamsburg. I hope—if I can get myself to compile the posts—to put together blog posts with the stories of a few more important buildings, like the buildings that are now the Satmar girl’s schools that was once the Eastern District High School, and those that were once the schools for the Bais Yaakov girl’s schools.

For now, I wanted to share a few old building pictures I was excited to find, as I was unable to find them before. A friend emailed me the link to this fascinating map of buildings in the 1940s, and I was hooked! I just enjoyed looking at all the oldies, but there are also images that I couldn’t find in regular archives:

  1. A picture of the Wilson Theatre, which is now the Vien Synagogue. And to learn more, here is the post on this building. This link and the one listed below give a more detailed history of both buildings.

2. A picture of the Model Theatre, which is now the Klausenberg Synagogue. And here is the post with its history.


It Used to be a Theater 1: Klausenberg Synagogue

It Used to be a Theater 2: Vien Synagogue

Vien’s Girls’ School Building; the Williamsburg Story

The Church that Shrank

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