BRAVERMAN, SIGMUND (22 May 1894-27 Mar. 1960), was a prominent Jewish architect who designed more than 40 synagogues in the U.S. and Canada, and many diverse structures in Cleveland. Born in Austria-Hungary, to Bernard and Fannie (Weiss) Braverman, he came to the U.S. at age 10 and settled with his family in Pittsburgh. Braverman received a B.S. from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1917, and served in the military during WORLD WAR I. In 1920 he came to Cleveland and opened an architectural practice. His work included apartments, theaters, shopping centers, schools, and hospitals. From 1932-35, he was assistant, then acting, Cleveland city architect. Among Braverman's best-known local designs are the Brantley Apts. (1937), the Cleveland Hebrew Schools, Shaker-Kinsman Branch (1951), the BUREAU OF JEWISH EDUCATION (1952), Fairmount Temple, designed in association with Percival Goodman (1957), and Warrensville Ctr. Synagogue (1958). Active in Jewish community affairs, Braverman was director of the Bureau of Jewish Education, trustee of the Cleveland Jewish Welfare Fed., and vice-president and director of the JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER. He was a leader in Cleveland's Zionist movement. On 23 Nov 1924 he married Libbie Levin (see LIBBIE LEVIN BRAVERMAN†); they had no children. In June 1978, their CLEVELAND HEIGHTS residence at 2378 Euclid Hts. Blvd. was designated a city landmark.
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Sigmund Braverman Papers, WRHS.