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Mount Zion Temple – St. Paul, MN

This landmark temple, located on historic Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, is one of the last projects designed by the internationally renowned modernist Erich Mendelsohn. The congregation wished to retain and preserve the building while renewing key areas including the sanctuary, education wing, administrative offices, kitchen and two meeting rooms. The building also required a number of mechanical upgrades. The design team refined the committee’s report, confirmed the budget, developed a master plan and schematic design, and created a presentation for gaining congregational approval and fundraising in 1996. Phase I construction, which was completely funded by donations, was completed in the winter of 1998. Phase II was completed in the summer of 2001.