Harold and Judith Edelman teamed with Stanley Salzman in 1960 to create Edelman and Salzman Architects. One of their first projects together was the innovative Sinai Reform Temple located in Bayshore, New York. The star of David plan not only brought a symbolic statement to the work but allowed for a second level of seating directly above the sanctuary. The structural panels of laminated lumber surfaced with cedar shakes were constructed on site. The building resolves the issues of structural economy, symbolic significance and community need.
Many of Edelman and Salzman’s early projects were located in the Upper West Side Urban Renewal Area, where they worked to renovate brownstones as multi-family housing. The 9G Co-operative used an inventive combination of nine contiguous brownstones to create new housing. This project is indicative of the early stages of the preservation movement, when concerned designers began to eschew demolition and embrace neighborhood character by restoring exterior facades and adapting building interiors.
Edelman and Salzman also contributed significantly to the preservation and design of Washington Square Park. As community members, the firm opposed the Robert Moses plan to extend 5th Avenue and supported the grassroots movement that freed the park of traffic. Harold Edelman advised on design as a member of the local Community Board and the firm was part of the team that planned the park as an informal gathering space, the form in which it existed until a 2009 renovation.