Gallery: Synagogue Turned East Village Penthouse


Photo courtesy of Michael Falco

Living in New York City requires that your home be your sanctuary. There are numerous paths to this destination, but one lucky couple, Dominique Camacho and Gary Hirschkron, actually live in a sanctuary — more specifically a retro-fitted synagogue. The building, located in East Village, was a synagogue until the 1980s, when it was retrofitted to make five separate residences. Upon purchasing the home, Camacho and Hirschkron renovated the “once-somber sanctuary into a modern triplex with an exhibitionist streak,” as Mimi Zeiger of the New York Times put it. Brooklyn-based Manifold Architecture Studio acted as consulting architects on this project, helping to fill the home with elegant touches, such as the custom-designed staircases, and worked with Camacho to incorporate eco-friendly finishes, such as low-VOC paints.

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1 Comment

  1. gerrrsh April 13, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    This post makes me sad. Looking at the photographs I can see where the specific religious objects were located. It’s interesting, I was able to look past the surface beauty to see the beauty that was once there.

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