Shepherd’s Temple

Anshe Kenesseth Israel/ Shepherds Temple, Photo Credit by Eric Rogers

Shepherd’s Temple, a majestically scaled church that dominates historic West Douglas Boulevard, was originally built as the Anshe Kanesses Israel synagogue. Sadly, this magnificent edifice stands vacant, deteriorating and without adequate funds for the long-desired dream of its owner to restore it to an active house of Christian worship.  Once one of North Lawndale’s grandest temples, unless its current pastor can raise the desperately needed funds to complete his vision, it may soon have a date with the wrecker’s ball.

Update:After a heroic final attempt by a coalition of community leaders, preservationists and other stakeholders failed, Shepherd’s Temple was demolished in the spring of 2012.

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