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    Posted April 15, 2014 by
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    Beautiful Byzantine-Style Synagogue Has New Life As Library and Research Center


    In 1989, The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis purchased and renovated the Byzantine-style structure, built in 1927 for the United Hebrew Congregation, to house the Museum’s library and collections. The sanctuary, under a 40-foot copper-clad dome, was renovated for use as Margaret Blanke Grigg Reading Room.


    Open to the public, the non-circulating research library has a comprehensive collection of more than 90,000 volumes specializing in the history of the St. Louis metropolitan region, the state of Missouri and the American West.


    An interesting feature of the Margaret Blanke Grigg Reading Room is its acoustic effects: words whispered at one side of the room can be clearly heard across the room. This is the result of a parabola effect, which causes sound waves to bounce in a series of straight jumps across the curved ceiling.


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