Mendelsohn was a leader in the Modernist school, which included Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius. His early works were designed and built in Germany. After leaving Germany, he also designed pre-war buildings in Jerusalem and for the Weizmann House and the campus of the Weizmann Institute in Rehovoth, Israel. After 1940, he designed several synagogues and other buildings in the US, including a synagogue very close to where I grew up in University City, Missouri. When I was young, I knew the building was unusual, but I was unaware of the fame of its architect.
Photos of the few buildings by Mendelsohn that I've seen:
|Mendelsohn building on the campus of the Weizmann Institute.|
We visited there and took the photos in 2006, soon after a major
restoration of the building.
|Weizmann House, Rehovot, Israel, visited 2006.|
|Kitchen of the Weizmann house.|
|Staircase of the Weizmann house.|
|Former B'nai Amoona Synagoge,|
University City, Mo.
|Side view of synagogue, showing small round|
windows often seen in Mendelsohn's designs.