Congregation Beth Sholom Synagogue

Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
To walk, blinking, out of a ceremonial space and straight onto the footpath is a sure sign of architectural carelessness. The old Beth Sholom temple, built in the 1930s in the Richmond district of San Francisco, was a big offender on this count. It had twenty-three entry points; many, with the subtlety of a fire exit, opening straight to the street, with others leading the visitor into a maddening catacomb of alleyways linking the internal functions of the sanctuary.