Kazinczy Street Synagogue
Modernism ~ Art Nouveau - Synagogue

Kazinczy Street Synagogue

An orthodox synagogue built by Béla Loeffler and Sándor Loeffler in 1911-13, in the Art Nouveau style, Kazincay Street Synagogue wears the influence of Vienna Secession and of Ödön Lechner's Hungarian Secession, fusing Hungarian folk motifs and oriental motifs. The decoration of the interior continues the geometric abstraction of the exterior and in so doing, points to the transition towards the Art Deco style.

The significance of Jews to the emerging Modernism in Budapest.

Following the reconstruction after the Great War, notes on integration and reconstruction and the concentration of European Jewry in more urban centres, the numbers of Jewish architects, along with the other learned professions, increased. In 1873 Buda, Pest and Obuda were merged into a big city: Budapest. An economic and cultural boom in this city follows, which also was closely linked to the influence and expansion of the Jewish community in Budapest (in 1880 approximately 20% of the total population.

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