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CitySan FranciscoStateCA

Historical NameOhabai Shalome "Bush Street Synagogue"

Year Built1895
Building TypeSynagogue

Address1881 Bush Street

Current NameBush Street Cultural Center

Name of Builder 1Moses J.Lyon

Name of Builder 2

Name of Builder 3

ListingSan Francisco landmark, 1976

DescriptionAs a Nineteenth Century Victorian redwood this synagogue is a most unusual looking building

in the west. A melange of the then popular architectural styles including Venetian Gothic,

Romanesque and American Carpenter gothic workmanship.


Bibliography"Agency Approves Plans for Synagogue Cultural Center," Bush Street Synagogue Cultural

Center; Volume III, March 1991.

"Northern California Jewish Bulletin," Bush Street Synagogue Cultural Center; Volume II, Fall 1990.

SignificanceAfter the great earthquake of 1906 this synagogue was all that remained of the Jewish presence

in today's downtown section. There are plans to restore the building.

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