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
Dave Brubeck Quartet 04/07/1957 Dave Brubeck
Paul Desmond
Dizzy Gillespie 05/12/1957 Dizzy Gillespie
Will Mastin Trio 05/25/1957 Sammy Davis, Jr.
Ted Heath Orchestra 10/28/1957 Ted Heath
Carmen McRae
2nd Annual Festival of Jazz 11/17/1957 Miles Davis
Chico Hamilton
Lee Konitz
Gerry Mulligan
George Shearing
Australian Jazz Quintet
Helen Merrill
Teddy Wilson 11/29/1957 Teddy Wilson
Victor Borge 01/25/1958 Victor Borge
Louis Armstrong 02/23/1958 Louis Armstrong Australian Jazz Quintet
Ella Fitzgerald 09/21/1958 Ella Fitzgerald
Oscar Peterson
Carlos Montoya 10/03/1958 Carlos Montoya
Count Basie / Dakota Staton 10/21/1958 Count Basie
Dakota Staton
Joe Williams
Jazz '59 10/24/1958 Mose Allison
Teddy Charles
Joe Cinderella
Barbara Lea
Marian McPartland
Gil Mellé
Sam Most
Zoot Sims
Erroll Garner 11/15/1958 Erroll Garner
3rd Annual Jazz for Moderns 11/16/1958 Dave Brubeck
The Four Freshmen
Maynard Ferguson
Sonny Rollins
Count Basie 01/12/1959 Count Basie
Carmen McRae
Della Reese
Joe Williams
Newport Jazz Festival 09/13/1959 Cannonball Adderley
Nat Adderley
Chet Baker
Lee Konitz
Thelonious Monk
Anita O'Day
George Shearing
Ella Fitzgerald 09/25/1959 Ella Fitzgerald
The Kingston Trio 10/11/1959 The Kingston Trio
Ray Charles 10/18/1959 Ray Charles
Mahalia Jackson 10/27/1959 Mahalia Jackson
Count Basie / Nina Simone 11/01/1959 Count Basie
Nina Simone
Joe Williams
Jazz For Moderns 11/27/1959 Dave Brubeck
Chris Connor
Maynard Ferguson
Chico Hamilton
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Jazz, Etc. 12/27/1959 Cannonball Adderley
Nat Adderley
Bess Bonnier
Barry Harris
The Kingston Trio 02/21/1960 The Kingston Trio
Erroll Garner 02/26/1960 Erroll Garner