2040 W Devon Ave. Chicago, IL 60659
Originally built as a Jewish synagogue for the Congregation Chevro Kadisha Machzikai Hadas, 2040 W. Devon Ave is a good example of mid-century modern religious architecture from the 1950s. The building’s Jewish history is no longer visually evident from the streetscape due to alterations made to the entrance and facade following the re-location of the congregation and the sale of the building. The right side street-facing facade held a decorative limestone relief that denoted it’s original use, which has now been covered by cement. The original entrance was comprised of two wooden doors flanked by floor-to-ceiling, wood framed decorative glass panels and is now non-nondescript aluminum frame and glass, similar to many of the storefront alterations seen along the street.
The mid 20th-century modern aesthetic is however still notably apparent. Significant features include the buff brick, cantilevered entrance canopy, asymmetrical design, and the irregular block patterned stained glass windows.
Source: Jennifer Harrman
Photo credit: Jennifer Harrman