Temple Israel
Building Exterior
Historic Fire Hydrant
One feature of the old building that has stayed with the building is not even a part of the building! That object is the old fire hydrant. This series of photos show how this hydrant has stayed put despite the many other changes of the buildings, the telephone and power lines, and the addition of paved roads and sidewalks!
Historic Fire Hydrant
Temple Israel in 1894
Historic Fire Hydrant
Temple Israel in 1929
Historic Fire Hydrant
Temple Israel circa 1940s
Historic Fire Hydrant
Temple Israel in 1995
Historic Fire Hydrant
Temple Israel in 2001, before the front facade restoration.
Historic Fire Hydrant
Temple Israel in 2001, after the front facade restoration.
Historic Fire Hydrant
Temple Israel in 2017. The hydrant functioned until mid 2015 when it was permanently disconnected from the water source.
Historic Fire Hydrant
Historic Fire Hydrant
This is the same hydrant today after many layers of paint, an increase in ground elevation, and after the sidewalk and curb were formed around it.

The writing on the bonnet states:
B. HOLLY'S PATENT SEPT 14 1869
HOLLY MF'G CO. LOCKPORT N.Y.
OPEN     >-------->

The Holly Manufacturing Company was established in May 1859 and "by 1881, over 100 cities in 35 states in the United States were using the Holly System of Water Supply and Fire Protection."

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Hardscaping

While the renovation and restoration of the Temple Israel building was complete by 2008, the area outside must meet modern building codes. Therefore, the land grading is different today from how it was in the 1800s. The street is paved and graded per modern specs and concrete sidewalks are all over the town. Part of the restoration was to establish sidewalks, curbs, and modern grading. Another requirement is with the addition of a handicap ramp and railings since the building is a publicly accessible space. Also, various little projects happened in the years after, most notably a garden in the space created from all the concrete work, the fire hydrant still left in place (but eventually disconnected), and some more finish work with the sidewalks.

Sidewalk and Handicap Ramp
Exterior Improvements - Sidewalk Extension, August 2014

In late summer 2014, the sidewalk was extended to include the lot next to the synagogue and that is also owned by Temple Israel. This plot of land was also originally owned by the old Congregation Israel and was most likely a buffer from the neighbor as well as some exterior space for the congregants. The sidewalk extension was put in to formalize the connection of the side plot with the road, but also to help against erosion and tire rutting. The extension makes both plots look better! The small hole in the sidewalk is the new water valve for the building put in during the restoration. The old water valve was disconnected but is still out in front of the building. The sidewalk also allowed the final removal of a t-post that protected the water valve!

Sidewalk Extension
Before any improvements.
Sidewalk Extension
Figuring out where the sidewalk goes.
Sidewalk Extension
Initial layout and dirt prep.
Sidewalk Extension
Forms and rebar.
Sidewalk Extension
Poured and curing.
Sidewalk Extension
Grinding up the uneven blacktop.
Sidewalk Extension
Pouring on the new blacktop.
Sidewalk Extension
Ironing it out.
Sidewalk Extension
All done, then backfilled with dirt.
Waterline Fix
In 2015, turns out a neighbor's water valve got covered up and needed to tear out one section of the sidewalk. Oops!
Waterline Fix
Two parts of the water line fix.

Waterline Fix
All finished.
Garden

Regardless of whether or not the original synagogue ever had a garden or planting beds (and likely did not), today as a museum, the landscaping in the front drastically improves the curb appeal! Likewise, the plantings help coincide with other beautification plantings throughout Leadville, especially along Harrison Avenue. The general philosophy about the garden was not to replicate what could have been in a garden in the late 1800s, but rather to beautify the bare dirt areas around the front of the building by today's means.

By necessity, all the weeds needed removal and the compacted dirt broken up and garden soil mixed in. This was done to all of the areas before the first planting. Next, a few stategically placed rocks added some hardscape elements, particularly along the one side of the largest planting area since the grade slopes. For the first year, a mix of annuals and perennials bought from a home center provided instant color and foliage. The perennials would come back each year while new annuals would be planted every year. Starting in 2015, the small plot by the hydrant was planted. The hydrant itself was fully exposed to the bolts and small rocks filled the area to keep it that way. All of the plants had to be watered with a garden hose manually until established.

Garden Before a Garden in 2014
Front Garden
June 6, 2014
Front Garden
June 6, 2014
Front Garden
June 6, 2014
Front Garden
June 7, 2014 - After weeding, adding dirt, and adding decorative rocks. The other areas were fixed up the same way.
First Garden in 2014 after Planting
Front Garden
June 2014
Front Garden
June 2014
Front Garden
June 2014
Front Garden
June 2014 - Did not plant in the hydrant area.
Garden in 2015
Front Garden
August 2015
Front Garden
August 2015
Front Garden
August 2015 - First year to plant in the hydrant area.
Garden in 2016
Front Garden
September 2016
Front Garden
September 2016 - Forgot to photograph the other areas.
Garden in 2017
Front Garden
July 2017
Front Garden
July 2017
Front Garden
July 2017
Front Garden
July 2017
Garden in 2018
Front Garden
August 2018 - The garden in 2018 basically grew on its own with little tending or planting.
Front Garden
August 2018
Garden in 2019
Front Garden
June 2019 - The garden had to "instantly appear" shortly before an event!
Front Garden
June 2019
Front Garden
June 2019
Front Garden
June 2019
Garden in 2020
Front Garden
September 2020
Front Garden
September 2020
Front Garden
September 2020
Front Garden
September 2020
Garden in 2021
Front Garden
August 2021
Front Garden
August 2021
Sponsored planter box
Planter box on Harrison Avenue sponsored by RG de Stolfe, June 2021.
Sponsored planter box
Planter box on Harrison Avenue sponsored by RG de Stolfe, August 2021.
Garden in 2022
Front Garden
May 2022 - Coming out of winter dormancy.
Front Garden
May 2022
Front Garden
May 2022
Front Garden
May 2022

Temple Israel Foundation
208 West 8th Street
Leadville, Colorado 80461
303.709.7050

Temple Israel Museum
201 West 4th Street
Leadville, Colorado 80461
Wm.A.Korn@gmail.com

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