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The Great Synagogue was designed at the height of the economic boom following the second South African War. It is the largest and most ambitious of Parker's designs and an outstanding example of the Free Style, which characterized not only his work but also that of many of his contemporaries. The architectural needs of this period marked by increasing immigration, principally from Europe - were for housing, hotel accommodation, pubs, shops, warehousing, industrial buildings (on a small scale), schools, and ecclesiastical buildings.
(O L Pryce Lewis in UIA, 1985: 58)
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