Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The old old Temple De Hirsch
Before I was really engrossed with the minutes from 1904-7. Seriously, you can really see the path to the New now the Old Sanctuary in the Board minutes. Not the details but I could clearly see the (somewhat convoluted) path to selling their original site at Marion and Boylston with partially completed building, at a profit and buying a more appropriate piece of land up the hill at 15h Ave and East Union.
This is the only image I've seen of that earlier building. They had built a basement/first story which gave them a little room. Around 1905, they had enough money to work on the super-structure. They realized that their plan would not be big enough for their growing congregation and switched sites.
This image of the one story building was from the newspaper. I've seen it in Rabbi Koch's scrapbook. There was also something shady or not right with their previous rabbi Joseph. I've seen comments such as "he really had to go" and "he had other problems" Don't know what.