The modest, Moorish Revival building at 32 Prince Street was built in 1884 for Oheb Shalom Congregation, a congregation of Bohemian Jews. The congregation has since moved to South Orange. The building served as the home of the Metropolitan Baptist Church from 1940 to 1993. In 1990 it was slated for destruction as part of land clearance to enable the construction of Newark's Society Hill housing development. Historic preservationist Mark W. Gordon led a movement to preserve the historic building.
It has been restored by Greater Newark Conservancy and is now used as an environmental center. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[discuss] The brick, Moorish Revival synagogue features windows with Horseshoe arches, an entrance arch with red and white Voussoirs, and twin towers topped by modest domes.
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