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The Eldridge Street Synagogue was built in 1887 and designed by architects Peter and Francis William Herter. This was the first time in America that Eastern European Jews had built a synagogue from the ground up. By the 1940s though, the main sanctuary gradually fell out of use, and into decay.

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