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Temple Beth Zion, Phoenix Brewery Apartments listed on National Register of Historic Places

Two Buffalo properties have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave., and Ziegele-Phoenix Refrigeration House and Office, 835 Washington St., now the Phoenix Brewery Apartments, were listed in mid-January.

The Modernist temple was designed by Max Abramovitz and opened in 1967. A 60-foot ceiling extends over a 1,000-seat sanctuary, 10 scalloped walls and two 30-foot-high commandment tablets that front two large stained-glass windows by artist Ben Shahn. The Cofeld Judaic Museum is open to the public.

The three-story sandstone Ziegele-Phoenix Refrigeration House was built in 1888 as part of Ziegele-Phoenix Brewing Co. The property was converted into apartments in 2016.

The National Register list recognizes the national importance of the designated properties and provides a measure of protection.




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