Thursday, September 28, 2000

A City in the Making

Plum Street Temple already landmark by 1940s

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The setting sun shines over Plum Street Temple, not on Plum Street but in Cincinnati in Motion at the Cincinnati History Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center.

        Shown with the tower of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in the foreground, the temple was called the Isaac M. Wise Temple in the 1940s, the era depicted in this portion of the exhibit.

[photo] Replica model of Plum St. Temple with St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in the foreground.
(Enquirer photo)
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        Completed in 1866, the temple was designed by architect James Keyes Wilson as a combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Islamic styles to symbolize the intellectual and cultural currents that had influenced Jewish culture. Rabbi Wise called it his “Alhambra” temple.

        The 1/64 scale model is part of a vast model of downtown Cincinnati in the 1940s, complete with operating trains and street cars. When complete, the model city will include sections from Spring Grove to Coney Island, in various eras from the 1890s to the 1940s.

        The first phase of Cincinnati in Motion opened last November. The completed model city will premiere Nov. 18, as part of the Museum Center's 10th anniversary celebration.

        Visitors to the Cincinnati History Museum can watch the installation in progress, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

        Admission to the History Museum is $6.50, $4.50 ages 3-12 (combo tickets to other attractions in Museum Center extra). Information: 287-7000.


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