Property Spotlight: 20 W Second St
More than 50 years before the family of Daniel Weinberg donated their 1920s-era theater to the City of Frederick, another group of Weinbergs displayed the same kind of generosity with a significant donation to Frederick’s Jewish community.
In 1923, Leo Weinberg and his wife, Rae, purchased the two-story, all-brick building at 20 W. Second St. and donated the property to the Beth Sholom congregation. On Sept. 2, 1923, the synagogue was formally dedicated and became the center of Jewish life in Frederick for more than 70 years.
With the congregation’s worship and activities now taking place in new and larger facilities on North Market Street, the 6,222-square-foot building is for sale. The first floor features an open span, high-ceiling worship area with a stage. Beautiful ornamental details include a medallion ceiling, interior columns and large windows topped with stained glass. The second floor offers another large open span area with a rear kitchen and storage rooms. There is also a full basement.
The building was built in 1922 and renovated in 1976. It is zoned Downtown Office/Commercial (DBO) and could easily be converted into a variety of uses, including a mix of business, retail and residential units. It is within walking distance to three parking garages, City Hall and Carroll Creek Linear Park.
The current asking price for the property is $599,900 (reduced from $775,000). For additional information on this unique piece of Frederick’s history, please contact Nancy Green at Mackintosh Commercial Brokerage at 240-529-0135 or email Nancy@ngreen.com. You can also visit her website.