Beth Shalom Synagogue

Year Built: 1954

Location: Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright

Perhaps the most shocking—and ingenious—part about this synagogue, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is the roof. It is made of corrugated plastic. The material of shed roofs is now turned into a translucent canopy for a synagogue, which filters the light into the building in a gentle and diffuse way. Something considered ugly, fit to cover the roof of an outhouse, is now turned into something transformative.