Alexander Building Construction Co.
Alvin H. Butz, Inc.
Shoemaker Construction Co.


Project Categories

Places of Worship
Rohr Chabad at Lehigh - Joachim Schaufeld Center for Jewish Life

This Victorian building, originally built in the 1800’s by entrepreneur Robert Sayre, a Bethlehem Iron Company founder, is now a new Chabad Center for the students at Lehigh University. After the renovations, this facility is now able to host social, religious, educational and cultural events and Shabbat services and dinners in a home-like setting.


The building served as a funeral home for many years and during that time had apartment units on the second and third floors. Those floors were renovated into a residence for the rabbi and his family..

The building was completely gutted and renovations included:

  • Two new kitchens (one for the family and one industrial)
  • All new HVAC/plumbing/electrical
  • Repair of two staircases
  • Replacement of 74 windows and 50 doors
  • Restoration and repair of gingerbread work, stained glass and fireplaces
  • Updated bathrooms
  • Rebuilding of floors
  • Underpinning of existing walls and reinforcement of basement with steel beams and columns
  • Retrimming of four columns and two archways in the grand entryway
  • Shoring of rafters with additional reframing
  • Garage addition

To soften the property 10 of the 30 parking spaces were turned back into green space and an outdoor patio was created. A stairway and walkway were added from the street to allow students walking from the University easier access to the front of the building.



© Butz Enterprises, Inc. Web Site Design by Active Data Exchange