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Interior of Congregation Shearith Israel, circa 1959

Identifier: B063.06.0029.0007.00001


The Congregation Shearith Israel building is located at 10th and Lawrence Streets on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver, Colo. Since the 1970s it has been used as an art gallery by the Auraria Higher Education Center. The building served as the synagogue for the Jewish orthodox congregation Shearith Israel from 1903 to 1958. This building, part of the Auraria Higher Education Center in downtown Denver since 1973, is the oldest surviving religious structure in Denver. It was originally constructed in 1876 as an Episcopal chapel. However in 1903 it was purchased by the newly formed congregation of Shearith Israel, founded in 1899, and became known as the 10th Street Shul. The ashlar stone building of Romanesque and Gothic architecture was the congregation's synagogue until it was disbanded in 1958. This photo shows the pews, the ark, three stained glass windows, and the ten commandments between two lions. Standing in front of the ark are Harry Shwartz and Roxanna Goldman. The building was purchased by artist Wolfgang Pogzeba for use as a studio in 1963, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, and became known as the Emmanuel Gallery after becoming a part of the Auraria campus in the 1970s.


  • circa 1959


Rights and Usage Statement

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1 Items (photograph)

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The collection contains materials intentionally assembled by the Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives of Jews in the Rocky Mountain region. The bulk of the photographs are from or related to various towns in Colorado, but the collection also contains photographs from other states in the western United States and other countries. There are some 19th century photograph types represented in the collection, including albumen prints, daguerrotypes, tintypes, post cards, colorized prints, cabinet cards, and cartes-de-visite.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good 20 x 16 inches black and white The photograph is mounted on cardboard. 20 x 16 inch


The photograph donated by the photographer, Jack J. Goldman.


Title supplied by archivist.

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on the back of the photograph: ''Interior of Shearith Israel Synagogue, 10th St. & Lawrence, C. 1959, Harry Shwartz, Roxanna Goldman, Isadore Hershowitz?'' Stamped on the back of the photograph: Jack J. Goldman, Professional Photography, 1223 Holly St. (303) 333-0673, Denver, Colorado 80220.''


Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

2150 East Evans Avenue
Denver CO 80208
(303) 871-3428