Detail, 'chimney' and 'mountain' forms, from the side, looking north
As the central focus and dominant form, the New England spire has been replaced by a form more compressed, excised and truncated. It evokes both Mount Moriah and Mount Sinai.' [Newman Architects website]
Herbert Newman established his first firm in 1964, located in New Haven CT. In 1990 the firm name was Herbert Newman Associates AIA, P.C.; it is now Newman Architects LLC. From their website: 'Williams College is a predominantly red brick and stone campus adjoined by a neighborhood of large white clapboard houses, many of them also part of the college. The Center is itself a house, a setting for activities that are religious, scholarly, and familial. Following in the tradition of vernacular New England religious architecture, the Jewish Religious Center is a wooden building painted white and given monumental scale by a dominant vertical element. Again, following the vernacular, the interior is painted white.' The building contains a sanctuary, dining room and library.