Title: Main Line Reform Temple of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Author(s): Jacob J. Creskoff
Publication: Journal Proceedings
Appears on pages(s): 633-644
A post-stressed lightweight concrete dome, a new use of concrete pipe to limit echoes from the dome ceiling to a satisfactory level, completion within the original estimate at a unit cost of $13.45 per sq ft, and unusual speed of construction are notable features of the Main Line Reform Temple project recently completed in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. The outstanding unit of the Temple project is the 70 ft diameter sanctuary dome constructed of lightweight concrete 2!/ to 4Y2 in. thick, with 60 percent of its ceiling area covered by concentric rings of concrete pipe anchored monolithically to the dome concrete. Other unusual features are the two Virendeel trusses, 7 ft deep and 58 ft long, which support the roof girders in the auditorium and also carry the clerestories; and the stained glass panels in the sanctuary, which are composed of I in. thick colored glass segments bound together by a I in. thick concrete matrix.