“What was this magnificent building?” I wondered when I first spotted this edifice on the southern end of the Union row of buildings. Then I spotted it: two menorahs sculpted in terracotta above the front portal. Randy Vines informed me that this was the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, and its headquarters was here. The West End had a huge and proud Jewish population, and I have shown in the past how its congregations were spread throughout the area.
William Levy was a prominent Jewish American architect who designed the Beaux-Arts/Renaissance Revival masterpiece.
Tune in to 97.1 to hear me talk about St. Louis architecture and history with Pat McGonigle at 4:00 PM on December 23rd, this Wednesday.