This project renovates and expands an early twentieth-century mansion for Temple Shearith Israel, a growing congregation in Fairfield County.

The renovated mansion now houses offices, meeting rooms, and classrooms. A new, 9,000 square foot addition houses the Temple's sanctuary, multi-use spaces, reception lobby, and kitchen.

The 200-seat sanctuary is a terminus, allowing ready access to adjacent spaces without disrupting religious services. The Ark cabinet and Bimah furniture are mahogany, as are the pews, which are arranged in a broad arc to encourage congregational interaction. Weekly services are typically attended by medium-sized groups so the sanctuary is designed for intimacy. To accommodate larger groups during the High Holy Days, operable partitions open to a pavilion and lobby. An adjacent terrace with shaded pergola creates an "outdoor room" for special events.

Photography © Robert Benson