Mikro Kodesh Synagogue, 1000 Oliver Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1926-Present)
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Mikro Kodesh Synagogue
|Address:||1000 Oliver Avenue N|
|Neighborhood/s:||Northside, Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Hennepin County, Minnesota|
|Major Alterations:||Some/mostly intact|
|Historic Function:||Religious facility, other|
|Other Historic Function:||Synagogue|
|Current Function:||Religious facility, other|
|Architect or source of design:||Septimus J. Bowler|
|Material of Exterior Wall Covering:||Brick|
Memories and stories
Built in 1926, the Mikro Kodesh Synagogue provided a strong sense of place for what was identified in 1958 as the largest Orthodox congregation in the Upper Midwest. Minneapolis architect S.J. Bowler incorporated several motifs into the design of the impressive structure. Golden domes and semi-circular pediment echo Byzantine sources while the towers and arched windows are Romanesque. Other unique design features are the carved lions wearing crowns guarding the Hebrew scrolls and the fourteen remaining Stars of David (two have been replaced by Christian Crosses). Even though the Mikro Kodesh congregation no longer resides at the location, the building remains physical evidence of a once vibrant Jewish community in north Minneapolis.
Importance to the North Side Community
Both as a synagogue and now as a church and food bank, this building has helped to bring each community to a unified place to celebrate their spirituality. Religious institutions especially those in the North Side neighborhood are and have always been an integral part in creating close community and cultural ties.