DETROIT, September 22, 2022 ~ Masonic Temple Detroit, the world’s largest Masonic Temple, marks the 100th anniversary of cornerstone laying with a momentous celebration on September 24. The events will occur 100 years later to the day in homage to the 200,000 people who gathered with local and national dignitaries in Detroit for the facility’s dedication.
The September 24 celebration includes a rededication ceremony open to the public at 5 p.m., followed by a red-carpet gala (tickets required) within the Temple’s newly restored Fountain Ballroom, which will be unveiled that night.
“We have the Grand Lodge of Michigan coming in to do that ceremony. This same Grand Lodge came here and did the original dedication back in 1922, and I want to point out that they broadcast this ceremony on WJR across the entire country,” said Masonic Temple Detroit General Manager Steve Genther to 760 WJR‘s Paul W. Smith.
September 22, 2022 ~ Masonic Temple Detroit General Manager Steve Genther tells Paul W. the historic organization is marking its 100th anniversary this weekend.
Over the past 100 years, the Masonic Temple Detroit has hosted some of the nation’s most musically significant acts, including Prince, Ella Fitzgerald, Snoop Dogg, and The Rolling Stones.
Within its 1,037 rooms, the Masonic Temple has two theaters, two ballrooms, a drill hall, a gymnasium and many conference spaces. The Fountain Ballroom’s recent renovation by Detroit-based Maddalena Design, includes a spectacularly restored private entrance tunnel and foyer.
The original color scheme has returned, with historically accurate crystal chandeliers. The Fountain Ballroom, with the capacity of 2,000 guests, once held one of the original auto shows in the City of Detroit. In the 1950’s, the fountain itself was hidden within a wall. It was recently rediscovered and is in the process of restoration, in partnership with Maddalena Design and Pewabic Pottery.
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