Cooke Aquaculture to use former synagogue as New Brunswick office

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Two-storey Neo-Gothic structure, which dates back to around 1871 – now to be used as salmon farmer’s offices.

Cooke Aquaculture in New Brunswick, Canada, has nearly finished work on the historic Shaarei Zedek synagogue and will move there in two weeks, reports Country94.

The structure was originally built as a church for the Calvin Presbyterian congregation, had served the Jewish community since 1918.

However, over the years the Jewish congregation shrunk from 275 families to 40 families, so it became impractical to keep. The company purchased the building in 2017 and began renovations last February. Around 90 employees are working in the Cooke building on Wellington Row.

Cooke Aquaculture has more than 1400 employees in New Brunswick.

Cooke Aquaculture Vice President of Public Relations Joel Richardson told the publication that due to it being a historically protected building, they had to keep some elements intact. “That includes the original front staircase and all of the original wooden trusses which are incredibly ornate. A significant amount of work had to go into that as well” Richardson said.