Arhitect Igor Fança and José Almeida
Restoration of the Sahar Hassamain Synagogue, prior to its inauguration in April 2015
Two arched windows overlooking the sanctuary were recently uncovered
First Floor, mikveh area.
Detail of interior door
Restored and primed
Entry to sanctuary
The arched entry to the sanctuary in the restoration process
Restoration work is about to start on the Sanctuary.
Tones and Hues
The restoration work includes using the original colors and tones found in the synagogue
Entry to the exhibit hall
Restoration is tedious work involving several steps and small parts
Dr. Mello is happy to see the progress
Cleaning and resetting the Tabernacle stones.
The former kitchen area is ready for paint
Supporting the newly uncovered arched windows.
The Tabernacle stones, possibly imported from Russia in the 1800s.
The stone stairs leading to second floor have their paint removed and ready for another cleaning.
A crew of several workers restore the synagogue
First floor leased space
From the Sanctuary
The sky blue is tested on the wall of the Sanctuary
Matching the yellow of the kitchen to an old piece of plaster
Outside remains as always
Sanding the floors
The floors are being prepared for finish
Architect takes advantage of the natural light to brighten the inside
Rua do Brum seen from a second floor window.
Stunning rays of light flood the building from all around it.
One of the restrooms being built to accommodate visitors
A view from the Patio
The museum exhibit will be located here
The Sanctuary doors will be restored
Third Floor Patio
Beautiful natural light illuminates the gallery
Architect Igor França going over the details with inspector and engineer.
The ceiling is ready for the chandelier
Blue, is the color of the santuary
Dr. José Mello, the driving force behind the restoration project, explains the process to uncover the windows, and how large sheets of glass will offer safety.
Dr. Mello surveys the Sanctuary from the women's gallery. Notice the natural light coming from above.