Congregation Beth Elohim
Built in 1928, the Neo-Classical Sanctuary Building and the congregation’s Temple House opposite are contributing structures to the Park Slope Historic District and are jointly listed with the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2011, Acheson Doyle Partners was engaged by Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn to provide architectural services for the replacement of their Sanctuary Building main roof, restoration of the Sanctuary Building slate dome and for façade restoration. This followed the successful completion of a Master Planning and Programming study for the Sanctuary Building and the Temple House.
The Sanctuary Building main roof was replaced with a Kemper cold fluid applied roofing system. Existing skylights were replaced with in-kind; new through-wall flashing and counter flashing was installed; brick parapets were repaired and repointed; roof drains and roof leaders were replaced; and limestone coping was cleaned and reset. The building’s original slate dome over the main Sanctuary space had deteriorated over time to the point where it had begun to leak. The sub-structure was replaced; new waterproofing installed; gutters were replaced; the metal base panels of the dome were stripped and repainted; and the dome was reroofed with slate to match the original. The dome’s cupola was also restored.
Following completion of the roof and dome work, restoration of the limestone and brick façades was undertaken. Work consisted of masonry repointing; removal of cement parge; crack and spalling repair of limestone masonry units; selective masonry anchor repairs; replacement of brick that was cracked, spalling or loose; and replacement of one limestone soffit panel and replacement of two others, including structural anchor replacement. The limestone facades were subsequently cleaned, biological growth removed from brick facades and a bird deterrent system was added.