Lloyd Street Synagogue
The Lloyd Street Synagogue was built in 1845 by the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. It was the first synagogue erected in Maryland, and today it is the third-oldest standing synagogue in the U.S. The Synagogue was restored in 1963-65. Recent archaeological and architectural discoveries, including the original 1845 mikveh (ritual bath), are accessible to Museum visitors.
Noted Baltimore architect Robert Cary Long, Jr. designed the Lloyd Street Synagogue in Greek Revival style. In 1861, the original building was enlarged by architect William H. Reasin, keeping its original classical style in the sanctuary and exterior façade. For more than a century, the building was used as a house of worship, study, and assembly by three different congregations: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (1845-1889), a traditional congregation that later “reformed” its liturgy and practices, St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church (1889-1905), one of the first Lithuanian “ethnic” parishes in the United States, and Shomrei Mishmeres HaKodesh (1905-1963), one of the leading Orthodox congregations of the East European immigrant community.
Synagogue Tours Update!
Starting October 5, 2014 we will offer combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building (now home to B’nai Israel Congregation), Sunday through Thursday at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. We will offer tours focused on the Lloyd Street Synagogue, Sunday through Thursday at 3:00pm and on Sunday at 4:00pm.
On November 9 we will introduce a new Lloyd Street “1845: Technology and the Temple” tour at 3:00pm and the tour will be available every Sunday and Monday at 3 until the A-Mazing Mendes Cohen exhibit closes in June 2015.
Special tours for student and adult groups can be arranged by contacting:
Abby Krolik, Visitor Services Coordinator