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Historic Preservation Reverse Raffle planned

Feb. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- B'nai Sholom Congregation is planning its 17th annual Historic Preservation Reverse Raffle for Sunday, March 10.

The raffle provides funding to maintain the congregation's temple, which is located at the southwest corner of 10th Avenue and 10th Street. The temple was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

The temple began in late 1919 when founding members of Ohev Sholom Temple, one of two Jewish congregations in Huntington at the time, purchased the lot. Construction began on that site in 1925, and was completed the following year.

The temple was designed by the Huntington architectural firm of Meanor & Handloser, which also designed the Coal Exchange Building at 4th Avenue and 11th Street, the federal courthouse and former main post office at 5th Avenue at 9th Street, and the West Virginia Building at 4th Avenue between 9th and 10th streets.

Built of buff brick with terra cotta ornaments and a green tile roof, the temple is an example of Byzantine architecture. The sanctuary, featuring rose window facing 10th Avenue, is adorned by stained glass windows of jewel-tone Blenko glass.

In October 1978, Ohev Sholom Temple and B'nai Israel Synagogue, which was located on the southeast corner of 9th Avenue and 9th Street, concluded a merger of the two congregations; and the 10th Avenue Temple became the home of the new B'nai Sholom Congregation.

In November 2003, extensive work was undertaken to restore the main sanctuary.

No more than 500 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each, and for an additional $25, purchasers can "insure" their tickets, and have a second chance to win one of up to 25 cash prizes totaling as much as $18,650. The grand prize of $7,500 will be awarded to the holder of the last ticket drawn. Each ticket also admits two to the afternoon gala held in conjunction with the drawing.

Tickets may be purchased in advance, or at the door between noon and 1 p.m. on the day of the drawing. To purchase a ticket or for information, call 304-522-2980.