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Does this synagogue have to look like a house?

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Renovations to the Jewish center for Northwestern students will be the focus at Tuesday night’s Preservation Commission meeting in Evanston. 

Dov Hillel Klein is hoping to have plans to remodel the Tannenbaum Chabad House at 2014 Orrington Avenue approved.

Among the changes proposed is a partial third floor addition, updated front and rear facades, and an elevator.

The previous design did not have the support of the commission. Some members complained the design was out of scale, had too much glass and was too busy for the residential area.

Rendering of the design turned down by Preservation Commission in August

Monday night Klein said, “I am extremely optimistic the new design will fulfill the requirements of the Preservation Commission”.

Rabbi Klein says the architect is trying to incorporate a design that looks more residential than institutional, but at the end of the day, it is a synagogue.

A rendering of the plan to be reviewed by the Preservation Commission Tuesday.

Klein says this is about the twelfth change in plans and he hopes, the last. Klein would like renovations to begin this April.  

The meeting will be held Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center.

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