Sept. 16: Architects Discuss Historic Sculpture and Restoration Campaign




(Aug. 28, 2019 - PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - Architects Kent Bloomer, Doug Cooper and David Lewis will hold a panel discussion on the Bloomer-designed ornamental sculpture at Rodef Shalom Congregation on Monday, September 16, 2019 from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. 

Winner of the 1965 design competition to transition the famed Henry Hornbostel sanctuary to a modern addition, Bloomer leads the talk, spearheading the restoration of the sculpture.

Bloomer recently retired from the Yale School of Architecture, where he taught classes on architectural ornamentation there for more than 40 years. Many of his public works have become well known landmarks. Cooper is the Andrew Mellon Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Combining story, history and memory into panoramic murals, his pieces are installed throughout the world. Founder of Urban Design Associates, Professor Lewis came to Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1963, where he started one of the first educational programs in urban design. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is the recipient of local, state and national awards. He chaired the 2013 International Remaking Cities Conference in Pittsburgh, of which HRH The Prince of Wales was the Honorary Chair.

Beginning at 4 P.M. in Levy Hall of Rodef Shalom Congregation, the talk continues outdoors with a viewing of the sculpture at 5:15 P.M. A reception sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture follows in Aaron Court. Reservations are required. Admission is $10.00 for guests and $5.00 for Rodef Shalom Congregation members. To RSVP, visit For more information, call Mayda Roth, Director of Development at 412.621.6566 x140.

Rodef Shalom Congregation has been a beacon in the Reform Jewish community for more than 150 years. From the middle of the 19th century onward, our congregation has pushed for the modernization of Jewish thought and practice. We are a congregation made up of individuals and families; we are multi-generational, multi-cultural, interfaith and we’re saving a space for you too. Regardless of backgrounds, ours is a community that is socially engaged, spiritually mindful, and committed to ensuring the vitality of Jewish life across generations.

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