Building Timeline
Building Timeline

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Building Timeline
Building Timeline

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February 18, 1878
Leadville incorporates as a city with Horace Tabor as Mayor.

July 13, 1884
Land sold for $1.00 to Congregation Israel by Horace Tabor.

August 7, 1884
Committee meets to contract the construction of building and was built in less than two months for a cost of $4000.

Friday, September 20, 1884
Temple Israel building dedicated during Rosh Hashanah 5645.

Orthodox members split off to form Kneseth Israel. They meet in homes until a building is secured.

Orthodox Jews purchase the Presbyterian church building on 119 W 5th Street and converted it to an orthodox synagogue.

Last known recorded event, a wedding, at Temple Israel.

March 2, 1937
After sitting vacant for years, Steve Malin purchases the Temple Israel building and converts it to a residence and a radiator repair shop.

The old Presbyterian Church and Orthodox Synagogue building is demolished. (With this, both temples are gone from Leadville.)

Early 1940s - WWII
The front half of the building, previously the radiator repair shop, becomes dorm housing for local miners.
Saint George Episcopal Church across the street acquires the building to use it as a vicarage.

The building changes hands again and is converted to a four unit apartment complex.

1971, 1980, 1985
The building is sold three more times between the early 1970s and the mid 1980s with various changes made to the building.

Temple Israel Foundation is incorporated with a mission “to acquire, historically rehabilitate, and maintain” the Temple Israel building.

Temple Israel Foundation purchases the old Temple building.

Front façade restored to look of late 1800s.

An electrical fire causes extensive damage to the building rendering it uninhabitable.

After nearly two years, the Temple Israel building is fully restored.

2012 Building opens as a museum with a permanent exhibit.

Temple Israel celebrates 130 years since the first dedication.

Temple Israel Foundation
208 West 8th Street
Leadville, Colorado 80461

Temple Israel Museum
201 West 4th Street
Leadville, Colorado 80461

Hebrew Cemetery
SW Corner of Evergreen Cemetery
North end of James Street, Leadville
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