- Posted July 29, 2014 by
Los Angeles, California
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The acoustic perfection of the 100 foot high Hellenistic dome was heard by all as the Los Angeles Philharmonic played for guests. Jewish Journal reported many guests flocked to the second floor balcony to fully appreciate the sounds resonating off the majestic dome.
Three full pieces by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak were played. Elliott Broidy, a civic leader, noted the performance was an ideal way to showcase the new and improved temple, in a December 6th news release. A Shabbat dinner followed along with a chance for guests and media to explore the renovated temple.
Beyond a memorable evening, the temple’s renovation has broad implications for the Koreatown neighborhood and downtown Los Angeles. Urban flight has reduced the congregation’s membership over the past few decades.
This has had a multiplier effect on the local economy, which began to experience higher unemployment, blight and crime. The Wilshire Boulevard Temple also experienced similar decay during this period.
With congregation and public support, the iconic temple underwent months of restoration. Improved pews, paint and architectural repairs were just a few of the improvements made. The remodeled structure is giving suburbanites a reason to return to the city.
Their presence is having a positive impact on local business and public confidence in the area. In this way, the temple’s renovation goes beyond a single congregation, but has benefits for all of Los Angeles.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument.