Witold Rybczynski pays a visit to Elkins Park--probably for the first time. He says Frank Lloyd Wright's "overlooked masterpiece", the Beth Sholom Synagogue, is better than the Guggenheim or the Price Tower. The synagogue's Gothic details situate the building more firmly into its function and symbolic context than the Guggenheim, which bares an uneasy relationship to its contents. The synagogue's seats are also more functional in the sense that they're actually comfortable, unlike the seats in, for instance, the Unity Temple. (Rybczynski doesn't mention if the Beth Shalom is air conditioned, another functional improvement over the Unity, as I discovered on my wedding day.)
For me, the symbolism is too literal; abstraction is not the absence of meaning but, well, the abstraction of it. On the other hand, I've never seen the Beth Sholom, but it's not hard to imagine it being, like the Unity Temple, full of the "presence of a Presence."