The elaborate Agudas Achim Synagogue, one of our Chicago 7 most endangered buildings and the last great synagogue built on Chicago’s North Side was recently purchased by Cedar Street Companies at the urging of Preservation Chicago. While the space was built to accommodate 2,200 worshipers, it’s since fallen into disrepair and has been mothballed. Pictured above is the space before it’s closure.
The building, which was threatened with demolition in numerous proposals dating back to 2008 will now be preserved on the exterior and converted to residential use. The grand foyer and flanking staircases will be preserved and many of the significant features are set for salvage and donation to another synagogue.
Crain’s quoted our executive director, Ward Miller:
Samoylovich and his co-founder in Cedar Street, the late Jay Michael, “have been good stewards of buildings that are in peril,” said Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago, which last year included Agudas Achim on its list of the city’s seven most endangered buildings.
“Cedar Street is a clever and creative developer,” Miller said. “They really enjoy adaptively reusing these historic structures and bringing back their shimmer.”