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Religious Structures
of Douglas Boulevard

3400—3700 blocks of
West Douglas Blvd.,
Chicago (Cook County)

 
 

 

North Lawndale is one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods, surpassing even Maxwell Street as one of the world’s most densely populated Jewish communities during the first few decades of the 20th century. After the outward migration of Jewish residents following World War II, most of the area’s former synagogues and other structures were occupied by African-American congregations who have preserved these structures for more than half a century.

 

Unfortunately, due to their large size, three of the structures along Douglas Boulevard have critical maintenance issues: the former synagogues of Anshe Kenesseth Israel (3413-19 W. Douglas) and Kehilath Jacob (3757 W. Douglas), and the former Hebrew Theological College (3448-58 W. Douglas). They date from 1913, 1915, and 1922, respectively.
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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