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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Jazz @ the Philharmonic 04/24/1948 Miles Davis
Dexter Gordon
Duke Jordan
Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Tommy Potter
Max Roach
Sarah Vaughan
Dizzy Gillespie 05/15/1948 Dizzy Gillespie
Stan Kenton Orchestra 10/19/1948 Stan Kenton
June Christy
Paul Whiteman Orchestra 10/31/1948 Paul Whiteman
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Coleman Hawkins
J. C. Heard
Howard McGhee
Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Tommy Potter
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Sarah Vaughan 02/11/1949 Sarah Vaughan
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 02/26/1949 Ray Brown
Sonny Criss
Ella Fitzgerald
Coleman Hawkins
Hank Jones
Shelly Manne
Fats Navarro
Flip Phillips
Tommy Turk
Duke Ellington Orchestra 04/16/1949 Duke Ellington
Lawrence Brown
Harry Carney
Sonny Greer
Al Hibbler
Johnny Hodges
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Frankie Carle 04/30/1949 Frankie Carle
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 10/01/1949 Ray Brown
Ella Fitzgerald
Coleman Hawkins
Hank Jones
Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Buddy Rich
Tommy Turk
Lester Young
Woody Herman / King Cole Trio 11/13/1949 Nat King Cole
Woody Herman
Stan Kenton 03/19/1950 Stan Kenton
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UD J-Prom 01/26/1951 Hal McIntyre
Stan Kenton 10/10/1951 Stan Kenton
June Christy
UD J-Prom 01/26/1952 Jimmy Dorsey
House Party Hop 03/11/1952 Ray Anthony
Piano Parade 04/12/1952 Art Tatum
Erroll Garner
Al Hibbler
Pete Johnson
Meade Lewis
The Caravan of Stars 05/25/1952 Urbie Green
Woody Herman
The Mills Brothers
Dinah Washington
UD J-Prom 01/23/1953 Ralph Marterie
Gene Autry 02/07/1953 Gene Autry
Gene Autry 02/08/1953 Gene Autry
Vaughn Monroe 02/14/1953 Vaughn Monroe
Spike Jones & His Music Depreciation Revue 03/01/1953 Spike Jones
Fred Waring Show 03/15/1953 Fred Waring