Ados Israel Synagogue (1924)

April 17th, 2016 Posted in Churches, Colonial Revival, Hartford, Synagogues

Ados Israel

On the other side of the street from the City Mission building (yesterday’s post) is the former Ados Israel synagogue at 215 Pearl Street in Hartford. Designed by Milton E. Haymon, the Georgian Revival structure was erected in 1924 for the First Unitarian Church. Hartford’s First Unitarian Society was formed in 1844 and had two previous churches/meetinghouses: the Unitarian Church of the Saviour (1846), which stood on Trumbull Street, and Unity Hall (1881) on Pratt Street. In 1962 the Unitarians sold the building on Pearl Street and in 1964 dedicated the new Unitarian Meeting House on Bloomfield Avenue.

Congregation Ados Israel, Hartford’s oldest Orthodox Jewish congregation, was first organized by Eastern European Jews in 1872. In 1898 the Congregation built a synagogue on Market Street. This architecturally impressive building was demolished in 1963 to make way for Constitution Plaza. Ados Israel then moved to the former Unitarian building on Pearl Street. Ados Israel was Hartford’s last synagogue when it closed in 1986.

  1. 2 Responses to “Ados Israel Synagogue (1924)”

  2. By Michael Albano on Jul 29, 2016

    I am a board member of TheaterWorks. Contrary to the entry, TheaterWorks did not purchase 215 Pearl Street in 2002 — or at any other time. In 2003 the building was sold by AT&T to 215 Pearl, LLC, which still owns the building, although it is apparently on the market.

  3. By Daniel on Jul 30, 2016

    Thanks for the correction!

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