Historic synagogue gets a 'lift' to new home down the block

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Washington D.C.'s first and oldest synagogue has a new home --- thanks to a massive mobile platform and the construction team who coordinated the building's move to a different location on the same street, and out of the way of a major construction project.

The brick building which housed the Adas Israel synagogue, was loaded onto a special motorized platform with dozens of wheels for the trek on Wednesday (January 9).

Spectators gathered on the streets and in nearby balconies to watch as the structure traveled to its new location.

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Washington's first and oldest synagogue, Adas Israel Synagogue, is moved via a remote controlled platform to its new location where it will become be the cornerstone of the Capital Jewish Museum on 3rd St. NW in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Workers move Adas Israel Synagogue the oldest synagogue in Washington, down the street on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Washington. The synagogue will be part of the new Capital Jewish Museum. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Washington's first and oldest synagogue, Adas Israel Synagogue, is moved via a remote controlled platform to its new location where it will become be the cornerstone of the Capital Jewish Museum on 3rd St. NW in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Workers move down the street Adas Israel Synagogue the oldest synagogue in Washington, to a new location, which will be part of the new Capital Jewish Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Washington . (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Washington's first and oldest synagogue, Adas Israel Synagogue, is moved via a remote controlled platform to its new location where it will become be the cornerstone of the Capital Jewish Museum on 3rd St. NW in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
People take their pictures as workers move Adas Israel Synagogue the oldest synagogue in Washington, down the street on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Washington. The synagogue will be part of the new Capital Jewish Museum. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Washington's first and oldest synagogue, Adas Israel Synagogue, is moved via a remote controlled platform to its new location where it will become be the cornerstone of the Capital Jewish Museum on 3rd St. NW in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Rabbi Hannah Spiro of Hill Havurah offers a traditional Jewish traveler's prayer, before workers move the Adas Israel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in Washington, to a new location, which will be part of the new Capital Jewish Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Washington . (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Washington's first and oldest synagogue, Adas Israel Synagogue, is moved via a remote controlled platform to its new location where it will become be the cornerstone of the Capital Jewish Museum on 3rd St. NW in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Children take their pictures as workers move Adas Israel Synagogue the oldest synagogue in Washington, down the street on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The synagogue will be part of the new Capital Jewish Museum. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Workers move Adas Israel Synagogue the oldest synagogue in Washington, down the street on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Washington. The synagogue will be part of the new Capital Jewish Museum. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
People watch workers move down the street Adas Israel Synagogue the oldest synagogue in Washington, to a new location, which will be part of the new Capital Jewish Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Washington . (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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The synagogue opened its doors in 1876 and President Ulysses S. Grant attended the dedication, according to the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington's website.

The structure will be incorporated into the Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum, a museum focusing on Jewish life in the U.S. capital. The museum is scheduled to open in 2021.

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