Masonic Temple

Address: 
500 Temple Avenue
City: 
Detroit
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
USA
Postal Code: 
48201
Opened: 
1926
Capacity: 
4,444

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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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Concerts

Event Datesort descending Featured Artist(s) Additional Artists
The Festival of Modern American Jazz 11/21/1953 Candido
Buddy Childers
June Christy
Slim Gaillard
Erroll Garner
Stan Getz
Dizzy Gillespie
Stan Kenton
Zoot Sims
Gene Autry 01/27/1954 Gene Autry
Gene Autry 01/28/1954 Gene Autry
The Festival of Modern American Jazz 02/13/1954 Candido
June Christy
Erroll Garner
Dizzy Gillespie
Stan Kenton
Lee Konitz
Charlie Parker
Jazz Concert 03/07/1954 Chet Baker
Dave Brubeck
Woody Herman
Mambo Rumba Festival 04/28/1954 Candido
Tito Puente
Pupi Campo
Joe Loco Quintet
Arsenio Rodriguez
Myrta Silva
Mercedes Valdes
Miguelito Valdes
The Festival of Modern Jazz 10/30/1954 Candido
Stan Kenton
Shelly Manne
Shorty Rogers
Johnny Smith
Slam Stewart
Art Tatum
Charlie Ventura
The Festival of Modern Jazz 10/31/1954 Candido
Stan Kenton
Shelly Manne
Shorty Rogers
Johnny Smith
Slam Stewart
Art Tatum
Charlie Ventura
Fred Waring Show 12/06/1954 Fred Waring
Birdland Stars of '55 02/19/1955 Count Basie
Erroll Garner
Stan Getz
George Shearing
Sarah Vaughan
Lester Young
Dave Brubeck Quartet 03/06/1955 Dave Brubeck
Paul Desmond
Australian Jazz Quartet
Jazz Concert 10/08/1955 Roy Eldridge
Ella Fitzgerald
Dizzy Gillespie
Illinois Jacquet
Gene Krupa
Oscar Peterson
Flip Phillips
Buddy Rich
Eddie Shu
Lester Young
Stan Kenton 12/11/1955 Stan Kenton
Roy Hamilton
Birdland Stars of '56 02/19/1956 Count Basie
Joe Benjamin
Al Cohn
Kenny Dorham
Roy Haynes
Al Hibbler
Jimmy Jones
Bud Powell
Johnny Smith
Sarah Vaughan
Joe Williams
Phil Woods
Lester Young
Dave Brubeck Quartet 03/02/1956 Dave Brubeck
Paul Desmond
Dave Brubeck Quartet 03/03/1956 Dave Brubeck
Paul Desmond
Victor Borge 03/10/1956 Victor Borge
Concert in Jazz 03/31/1956 Louis Armstrong
Woody Herman
Dorothy Ashby
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 09/21/1956 Roy Eldridge
Ella Fitzgerald
Stan Getz
Dizzy Gillespie
Illinois Jacquet
Papa Jo Jones
Gene Krupa
Modern Jazz Quartet
Oscar Peterson
Flip Phillips
Eddie Shu
Sonny Stitt
Victor Borge 09/29/1956 Victor Borge
Victor Borge 09/30/1956 Victor Borge
Dave Brubeck Quartet 11/04/1956 Dave Brubeck
Paul Desmond
March of Dimes Ball 01/11/1957 Ralph Marterie
International Music Festival 02/16/1957 June Christy
Ted Heath
Eddie Heywood
Al Hibbler
Birdland Stars of '57 03/03/1957 Chet Baker
Count Basie
Richard Davis
Billy Eckstine
Terry Gibbs
Roy Haynes
Jimmy Jones
Phineas Newborn, Jr.
Terry Pollard
Bud Powell
Seldon Powell
Zoot Sims
Jeri Southern
Sarah Vaughan
Joe Williams
Lester Young

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