Stephen S. Wise Temple Katz Pavilion
Stephen Wise Temple was founded in 1964 in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. What began as 35 families grew rapidly and has become one of the largest congregations in the nation. Walter P Moore to transform the existing Hershenson Hall into the Katz Pavilion, a multi-purpose, modern center for athletics, fitness, communal celebrations, speakers, and worship. A striking, angular roofline points towards Jerusalem and four bi-fold glass doors, each measuring 29’ in height and 20’ in width, creates a dramatic new focal point on the Wise campus.
Operable glass doors will line the north portion addition, opening up into the new outdoor plaza and the Shalom Garden. Shalom Garden will provide an inspiring location for outdoor classes, weddings, and contemplation – a sanctuary in the middle of a bustling city.
In order to meet budgetary demands, Walter P Moore worked to preserve the structure of the existing sanctuary, while installing a new long span structure to support the existing roof and add new roof for additional square footage to complete the multi-purpose space.