The Freyhan School
A sturdy three-story brick structure with magnificent woodwork and an elegant top-floor auditorium, the school overlooks the river in close proximity to the late 19th-century Temple Sinai. The non-profit Freyhan Foundation is presently making plans to restore the school building as a community cultural and civic center. There currently being no such facility in either East or West Feliciana Parish, the foundation envisions its use for plays, art exhibits, lectures, concerts and other cultural affairs and community gatherings.
Future plans include the possibility of tying the Freyhan School site to the original Temple Sinai, built in 1902 to house a congregation that had been meeting in a hotel and opera house; it was constructed on a site overlooking the Mississippi River, with beautiful stained glass windows and broad entrance steps between graceful side turrets. The Museum of Southern Jewish Experience is hoping to include these sites in their tours of Cultural Corridors Along the Mississippi. The Freyhan Foundation welcomes support, both financial and physical, in its attempt to preserve these significant structures.
The plans for the building include art studios & curator offices, a performing arts space featuring a 150 seat theater, catering kitchen, & breakout room for conferences. The plans also feature The Museum of Southern Jewish Experience, honoring early education in the St. Francisville area and the significant contributions made by the early Jewish community.