Crews Begin Chipping Away at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol’s South Tower


Here are the latest photos from Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the fire-ravaged synagogue at 60 Norfolk St. that is slowing being dismantled.

The project, which is being overseen by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, began a little over a week ago. Demolition crews have slowly been removing unstable portions of the facade. In the past day, they have moved to the most significant portion of the building, the two towers in front of the 167-year-old landmark. A worker at the top of a cherry picker is removing checks from the top of the south tower.

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol was set on fire by teens who snuck into the building this past May. The synagogue was shuttered about a decade ago, although a plan was in the works to develop an adjacent parcel and to restore the synagogue building.