Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Beth Shalom Synagogue

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Author: 
Jason Roe
Kansas City Public Library

    Isaac "Ike" Katz, who would go on to found the Katz Drug Co. in Kansas City and become a pioneer in the modern pharmacy business, was born in the town of Husiatin in western Ukraine (then a part of Russia) on March 8, 1879. Ike Katz brought customers into his drug stores with a unique business model, where customers could fill prescriptions, shop for groceries, buy appliances, and even purchase exotic pets such as monkeys or baby alligators; all at cut-rate prices. At its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, the company boasted 65 retail locations spread across seven states.

    Object Type: 
    Photographs

    An autochrome photograph of the Keneseth Israel Beth Sholom Synagogue. The vantage point faces west at the intersection of 34th Street and The Paseo.

    Object Type: 
    Photographs

    An autochrome photograph of the north dome on the Keneseth Israel Beth Sholom Synagogue. This vantage point faces west-northwest towards the southeastern face of the dome.

    Author: 
    Susan Jezak Ford

    The twin terra cotta towers of the former Beth Shalom synagogue serve as a distinctive landmark for the neighborhood at 3400 the Paseo. The striking building is the only example of Byzantine architecture in Kansas City, a style that was popular for Jewish houses of worship in the 1920s. Completed in 1927, the building has won accolades from the architectural community and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
    Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
    The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
    KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.