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Queens' Oldest Synagogue Unveils Exterior Restoration

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Corona's Congregation Tifereth Israel is having a good day. The (allegedly) oldest synagogue in the borough held a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday to celebrate the building's restoration, the Times explains, after many years of preservationist worry. The congregation hadn't had the funds to save the 1911 building, which also didn't look like much of an architectural prize thanks to a 1929 stucco coating. But the New York Landmarks Conservancy helped the rabbi's wife find the original architectural plans and put together a bid for landmark status, which the synagogue received in 2008. The outside of the building has now been fixed up, $1.6 million in public and private funding later. The building has fresh light blue siding, the color pulled from faded paint chips found under the stucco. A restoration of the building's interior would require more private funding.
· Congregation Tifereth Israel in Corona, Queens, is Restored and Rededicated [NYT]
· Preservation Watch archive [Curbed]