Synagogue by Frank Lloyd Wright named historic landmark

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ELKINS PARK, Pa. -- The only synagogue ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Beth Sholom, a soaring glass-and-concrete temple just outside Philadelphia, began welcoming worshippers nearly 50 years ago. On Sunday, the National Park Service recognized it as one of the architect's greatest achievements...

The towering, flat-topped spire is constructed out of concrete, steel, aluminum and glass. It's the only synagogue Wright created during his 70-year, 1,000-project career. Wright died in 1959, six months before Beth Sholom was first used.

Beth Sholom was one of three Wright buildings given status as National Historic Landmarks recently. The others are the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles and the Price Tower in Bartlesville, Okla. They join other Wright buildings on the list, including his home in Oak Park, Ill., Fallingwater in western Pennsylvania and Taliesen West in Arizona.

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