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Take a Look Inside Detroit's Secretive Masonic Temple
CURBED ^ | May 27, 2014 | Paul Beshouri

Posted on 05/29/2014 6:32:35 AM PDT by 1rudeboy

In terms of basic creepiness, few buildings in Detroit can match the Masonic Temple. Stained by a century of Detroit soot and weather, the building's limestone exterior is almost comically foreboding. Legends surround the Temple's interior, which is said to contain a labyrinth of rooms, some connected by secret passageways. It's also full of dramatic, unused spaces—the most famous being an unfinished swimming pool on the sixth floor. Unfortunately, most of the building is off-limits to the public. But with rumors of renovation and a possible loft conversion floating around, we snapped some photos during a recent tour from Preservation Detroit.

(Excerpt) Read more at detroit.curbed.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Local News; Religion; Society
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1 posted on 05/29/2014 6:32:35 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy; Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ..
Beautiful building.

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2 posted on 05/29/2014 6:36:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Wow! All that craftsmanship is incredible.


3 posted on 05/29/2014 6:41:52 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: 1rudeboy

No captions?

Gorgeous building. Is is abandoned?


4 posted on 05/29/2014 6:45:05 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: cripplecreek

I think it looks cool.


5 posted on 05/29/2014 6:46:44 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: bonfire

I’m pretty sure it was built during Detroit’s heyday before the influx of the scourge...


6 posted on 05/29/2014 6:49:17 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: BenLurkin

They could give it to the goths, as their worship center. Might snap a few yutes out of their haze to be thought of as a new religion.


7 posted on 05/29/2014 6:49:59 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: 1rudeboy

Looks like a Masonic Hall.

Some very nice architecture.


8 posted on 05/29/2014 6:51:24 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

A beautiful building.


9 posted on 05/29/2014 6:52:20 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
No, it is not "abandoned." According to the link below, the building is owned by the Masonic Temple Association of Detroit. And if those photos are recent, it looks like it is being maintained.

Detroit Free Press

10 posted on 05/29/2014 6:52:41 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: cripplecreek

Back in the late 60’s my cousin worked there and gave us a tour through most of the building.. It was really cool...Very beautiful.


11 posted on 05/29/2014 6:52:41 AM PDT by just me (GOD BLESS AMERICA Amen)
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To: 1rudeboy

Awesome pics! Very nice. The author starts out in typical Mason bashing mode though. Just can’t help himself from criticizing.


12 posted on 05/29/2014 6:55:22 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: MHGinTN

That type of architecture isn’t at all unusual in older cities. Those places are built real solidly.


13 posted on 05/29/2014 6:57:14 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

The FOX theater in Detroit is another with that kind of style.


14 posted on 05/29/2014 6:58:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Incredible.

Only one lavatory? Three side-by-side “thrones”?

Imagine what the (now destroyed) temple in Jerusalem looked like when finished!


15 posted on 05/29/2014 6:58:42 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: 1rudeboy

It definitely is being maintained.

I have a friend who is a Detroit native now living in NC. She is getting married in the Masonic Temple this summer. She posted the link in the original post just the other day. Amazing craftsmanship!


16 posted on 05/29/2014 6:59:59 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Resettozero

That triple “throne” looks to be a shoeshine stand, fyi. No offense, but it’s a city-thing.


17 posted on 05/29/2014 7:00:20 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Talented photographer.


18 posted on 05/29/2014 7:00:56 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: bonfire

Magnificent.


19 posted on 05/29/2014 7:00:58 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 1rudeboy
That triple “throne” looks to be a shoeshine stand, fyi. No offense, but it’s a city-thing.

Oh.

Either way, I want one.
20 posted on 05/29/2014 7:03:55 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

Those are for shoe shines. Not for poo times.


21 posted on 05/29/2014 7:04:39 AM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: Bartholomew Roberts
Those are for shoe shines. Not for poo times.

Well, granddad DID have a triple throne.
22 posted on 05/29/2014 7:07:30 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

Yeah, you can see the marks where the foot stands used to be . . . .


23 posted on 05/29/2014 7:09:31 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: BenLurkin
Detroit Opera house

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Detroit FOX Theater

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24 posted on 05/29/2014 7:11:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Iconic concert venue, too. I can’t recount the number of HUGE, local acts (Nuge, Ohio Players, Kool&The Gang, Temptations, Gladys and the Pips, etc.) that “played the Masonic”.

I was there for The Nuge but lots of Motown acts, comedy acts (IIRC, Sinbad has a video) and symphonic acts can be proud of their affiliation with this venue.

The Masonic was the Midwest’s answer to the various “Harlem” clubs (Cotton, Apollo, etc.) in NYC.


25 posted on 05/29/2014 7:19:13 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: BenLurkin

Exactly. I was talking about Catholic Churches in NYC to a freeper recently - how they tended to be modeled after European churches rather than the modest (but to me, equally, beautiful) old Protestant churches of the northeast.


26 posted on 05/29/2014 7:19:21 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: cripplecreek

OMG. That is incredible. How beautiful.


27 posted on 05/29/2014 7:23:27 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: 1rudeboy

That is one beautiul building. Holy cow.


28 posted on 05/29/2014 7:24:03 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: cripplecreek
Wow!

I concede that puts to shame, Cleveland's Severance Hall

29 posted on 05/29/2014 7:34:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Mike Ilitch paid some $11 million for renovations of the FOX theater. As I understand it he’s paying out some big bucks in the area around the Masonic temple building as well.

Roger Penske is another “evil rich guy” spending a lot of his own money to attract more.


30 posted on 05/29/2014 7:34:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: BenLurkin

I don’t which is grander but I sure do like seeing these photos!


31 posted on 05/29/2014 7:36:44 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

I don’t know which...


32 posted on 05/29/2014 7:37:15 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

There was a movie back in the 80s about some teenagers trying to get into a Kiss concert at the FOX theater.


33 posted on 05/29/2014 7:39:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

no..its still open...in the early 80’s. i saw Ozzy Osbourne, with the great Randy Rhoads on guitar..it is an amazing theater.


34 posted on 05/29/2014 7:41:17 AM PDT by basalt
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To: cripplecreek

Detroit Rock City.


35 posted on 05/29/2014 7:42:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: basalt

Old theaters like that are great venues because you’re never a quarter mile away from the stage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGqb_q6dyaY


36 posted on 05/29/2014 8:05:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Freakin’ AWESOME! Thanks.


37 posted on 05/29/2014 8:19:05 AM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic)
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To: bonfire

the auditorium is acoustically perfect..

you can whisper on the stage and hear it in the balcony..

went to many a concert there in my youth..


38 posted on 05/29/2014 8:39:51 AM PDT by joe fonebone (a socialist is just a juvenile communist)
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To: 1rudeboy

Any male adult who perceives value in a moral society has the basic qualifications to join Freemasonry. He will have to be free of any felony charges and have references to his character. The references will include a couple of active Masons who will vouch that he will not dishonor the Fraternity.

It’s a shame the author did not reference the lodge site of the temple where much more useful information and pictures may be found. http://www.detroitmasonic.com


39 posted on 05/29/2014 8:42:58 AM PDT by RideForever
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To: BenLurkin

I love the Oak Paneling.


40 posted on 05/29/2014 9:28:59 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: 1rudeboy

Beautiful. Thanks for posting this.


41 posted on 05/29/2014 11:19:47 AM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: 1rudeboy
I can't say I'm a fan of the Masons, but this is spectacular! Equal to any European palace or NE mansion that I've seen (I've seen > 100 of the best).

Back when Detroit had the highest per-capita income in the nation.

42 posted on 05/29/2014 12:04:27 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: 1rudeboy; cripplecreek

Thanks for the post; ping. WOW! Fabulous.


43 posted on 05/29/2014 5:41:11 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I saw someone there in the 70’s but I don’t remember who. Maybe Genesis.


44 posted on 05/29/2014 7:46:44 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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