Leopardo Completes 5,000-SF Renovation of Makom Solel Lakeside Synagogue

Leopardo completed a 5,000-square-foot build-out for Makom Solel Lakeside Synagogue located in Highland Park. The Congregation Solel of Highland Park was founded in 1957 and was one of the first Reform synagogues in the area.

A recent combination with another congregation necessitated a renovation of their existing space to accommodate new members.

The project consisted of selective demolition and an interior renovation of the temple, along with an entryway expansion and limited exterior work. The newly remodeled sanctuary now features an ark constructed entirely of native Jerusalem stone. It is also one of the only synagogues in the world with an ADA-approved ramp leading to the bimah, making the elevated speaking platform accessible to all.

Leopardo partnered with architecture firm Eckenhoff Saunders.

This project is the most recent in Leopardo’s long list of local religious facilities. Other projects include Bethany Lutheran in Naperville, Congregation Beth Judea in Long Grove and Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows.