Masonic Temple

500 Temple Avenue
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The Detroit Masonic Temple is the world's largest Masonic Temple. Located in the Cass Corridor, the building serves as a home to various masonic organizations including the York Rite Sovereign College of North America. The 4,404-seat Masonic Temple Theater is a venue for concerts, Broadway shows, and other special events in the Detroit Theater District. Architect George Mason designed the theater which contains a 55-foot-by-100-foot stage. Detroit Masonic Temple was designed in the neo-gothic architectural style, using a great deal of limestone. The cornerstone was placed on September 19, 1922 using the same trowel that George Washington had used to set the cornerstone of the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.. The building was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1926. The building contains 14 floors, is 210 ft (64 m) tall and has 1037 rooms inside. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Much of the stone, plaster and metal work in the interior of the building was designed and executed by neo-gothic architectural style, Corrado Parducci. The three figures over the main entrance were by Leo Friedlander while the rest of the considerable architectural sculpture on the exterior was by Bill Gehrke.

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Event Datesort descending Featured Artist(s) Additional Artists
Ryan Christmas Dance 12/23/1931 McKinney's Cotton Pickers
Fletcher Henderson 12/24/1931 Fletcher Henderson
McKinney's Cotton Pickers
Andy Kirk / Orrin Tucker 11/05/1938 Andy Kirk
Orrin Tucker
Ted Donnelly
Pha Terrell
Ben Thigpen
Henry Wells
Dick Wilson
Duke Ellington Orchestra 02/16/1940 Duke Ellington
Ivie Anderson
Barney Bigard
Jimmy Blanton
Lawrence Brown
Harry Carney
Sonny Greer
Fred Guy
Otto Hardwick
Johnny Hodges
Tricky Sam Nanton
Rex Stewart
Juan Tizol
Ben Webster
Cootie Williams
Blue Barron Orchestra 12/31/1944 Blue Barron
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/19/1946 Duke Ellington
Cat Anderson
Shorty Baker
Lawrence Brown
Harry Carney
Wilbur de Paris
Sonny Greer
Fred Guy
Jimmy Hamilton
Otto Hardwick
Al Hibbler
Johnny Hodges
Claude Jones
Taft Jordan
Ray Nance
Tricky Sam Nanton
Oscar Pettiford
Al Sears
Joya Sherrill
Billy Strayhorn
Francis Williams
Eddie Condon 05/01/1946 Eddie Condon
Dave Tough
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 05/18/1946 Red Callender
Buck Clayton
Coleman Hawkins
Helen Humes
Shadow Wilson
Lester Young
Meade Lewis
Eddie Condon 10/18/1946 Eddie Condon
Bobby Hackett
Bob Chester Orchestra 11/23/1946 Bob Chester
Duke Ellington Orchestra 12/07/1946 Duke Ellington
Lawrence Brown
Harry Carney
Jimmy Hamilton
Johnny Hodges
Ray Nance
Paul Whiteman Orchestra 01/25/1947 Paul Whiteman
Spike Jones & His City Slickers 03/16/1947 Spike Jones
Art Tatum 05/03/1947 Art Tatum
Grand Ole Opry 06/01/1947 Bill Monroe
Grand Ole Opry 06/02/1947 Bill Monroe
Grand Ole Opry 06/03/1947 Bill Monroe
Spike Jones & His Music Depreciation Revue 08/21/1947 Spike Jones
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 10/04/1947 Ray Brown
Bill Harris
Coleman Hawkins
Hank Jones
Howard McGhee
Flip Phillips
Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians 11/02/1947 Fred Waring
Victor Borge 11/27/1947 Victor Borge
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/10/1948 Duke Ellington
Illinois Jacquet / Ella Fitzgerald 01/25/1948 Ella Fitzgerald
Illinois Jacquet
J. J. Johnson
Joe Newman
Shadow Wilson
Charlie Parker / Sarah Vaughan 02/07/1948 Charlie Parker
Sarah Vaughan
Stan Kenton Orchestra 02/20/1948 Stan Kenton
June Christy