Why is this building significant?
Founded by residents of Manhattan’s Lower East Side who moved to the Corona section of Queens in the early 20th century, this building combines elements of Gothic and Moorish architecture, along with Judaic details, such as a stained-glass window incorporating a Star of David. A rare example of wooden vernacular synagogue architecture in the City, Congregation Tifereth Israel, despite being built in a relatively underdeveloped neighborhood, was modeled on contemporaneous synagogues on the Lower East Side, which were designed to function on constricted midblock sites. It is the oldest purpose-built synagogue in Queens, as well as the oldest in continuous use in the borough.
What did the New York Landmarks Conservancy do?
We project-managed a $1.6 million exterior restoration that removed stucco cladding and restored the wood-clapboard façades. We provided $57,500 in grants and helped secure $1.3 million in New York City and New York State funding, and an additional $325,000 in private funding. We also helped manage the design and installation of a new, nearly $200,000 electrical and heating system. Other grants totaling $40,000 have helped roof replacement, drainage improvements, and foundation waterproofing.