A historic synagogue on Barbur Boulevard, about one mile from downtown, may soon be demolished and turned into an apartment complex.
Earlier this month,
a developer an architect began the application process to construct two buildings that will comprise a 30-unit apartment complex on the site of the synagogue. Beaverton architecture firm Stewart Gordon Straus put in an early assistance intake application, which comes prior to submitting a building permit, on July 17, the Portland Chronicle reported today.
The distinct building was designed by John Storrs, the renowned architect behind the Oregon College of Art and Craft and Central Catholic High School. The unique dome design "also allowed for services to be conducted without amplifying speakers' voices, in keeping with Orthodox rules."
The idea of moving the synagogue is not new to the congregation.
The Marquam Hill area has seen growth in the last decade, most notably the urban redevelopment of the South Waterfront and construction of the aerial tram, which blocks the synagogue's skylight, casting a noticeable shadow every few minutes.
The building is currently listed on the historical reserve, meaning demolition must be delayed for 120 days. However, the owner can remove the site from the reserve at any time.