Am Shalom

Interior Architecture Award Submission

The total renovation of this synagogue unified the educational, religious, and social functions while restoring the interiors to reflect the exterior’s Moorish character.

The architects met the challenge of providing a new social hall for 1,200 while maintaining the building envelope and footprint, as required by zoning code. They “found” additional space by bisecting an existing gymnasium into two floors. A multipurpose hall and small chapel now occupy the first floor; meeting and administrative space occupy the top.

The original interior, a compilation of ad hoc international styles, segregated circulation for administration, religious, and educational functions. All was completely demolished, with the exception of the sanctuary, which was restored to its original 1920s elegance. The main entry and administrative offices were relocated to create a central access point for all functions and security at the entry.

A warm palette of Jerusalem stone, walnut millwork, and light wall fabrics, combined with natural light and artificial accent lighting create an updated environment in harmony with the exterior.

Eckenhoff Saunders Architects
  • C.E. Anderson & Associates
  • Charter Sills
  • Gary A. Wiss, Inc.
  • KJWW Engineering Consultants
General contractor
Babco Construction
Glencoe, Illinois