Jullie Dawson, who is making a survey of Jewish material in archives in Romania, has uncovered the architectural plans for the Neolog synagogue in Brasov, Romania, designed by Budapest-based Lipot Baumhorn, Europe’s most prolific pre-WW2 synagogue architect. She has posted photos of the plans on her Tumblr blog.
Here’s what Julie writes:
During my first days becoming acquainted with Brasov’s immense and daunting town hall archives collection, I serendipitously stumbled across the architectural designs for Brasov’s Neologue synagogue. The plans date from 1900 and were drawn up by the well-known Hungarian-Jewish architect Lipot Baumhorn, who designed numerous synagogues across the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Neologue (Hungarian Reform) synagogue is still in use today and was renovated in 2001.
The folder also contains documents related to a legal case brought against the Jewish community by a neighbour who complained that the small wooden shed the community planned to build in their courtyard (last image) would block his stairway window. The town hall sided with the community stating that everything had been done according to legal requirements and in any case, “everyone is allowed to build as many sheds in their courtyard as they like.”