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
Lou Rawls 06/25/1966 Lou Rawls
Don Patterson
Sonny Stitt
Lou Rawls 09/18/1966 Lou Rawls
World Series of Jazz 10/09/1966 Hank Crawford
Gloria Lynne
Red Prysock
Arthur Prysock
Jimmy Smith
Count Basie / Ramsey Lewis Trio 10/16/1966 Count Basie
Ramsey Lewis
Joe Williams
The Righteous Brothers 10/23/1966 The Righteous Brothers
The Mamas & the Papas 10/28/1966 The Mamas & the Papas
Peter, Paul & Mary 10/30/1966 Peter, Paul & Mary
Nina Simone 11/05/1966 Nina Simone
Herbie Mann
The Three Sounds
The First 50 Years With Fred Waring 11/12/1966 Fred Waring
Concert in Soul 12/04/1966 Donald Byrd
Les McCann
Brother Jack McDuff
Flip Wilson
The Lovin' Spoonful 12/09/1966 The Lovin' Spoonful
The Association
The Rationals 12/10/1966 The Rationals
Gino Washington
Pre-Christmas Jazz Concert 12/18/1966 George Bohanon
Richard 'Groove' Holmes
Walter Jackson
World Series of Jazz 02/10/1967 Count Basie
Billy Eckstine
Sonny Stitt
The Beach Boys 02/19/1967 The Beach Boys
The Electric Prunes
The Left Banke
Victor Borge 02/24/1967 Victor Borge
Ferrante & Teicher 03/11/1967 Ferrante & Teicher
The Detroit Easter Jazz Festival 03/26/1967 Cannonball Adderley
Wes Montgomery
Jean DuShon
The Kingston Trio 05/05/1967 The Kingston Trio
Ray Charles 05/12/1967 Ray Charles
The Biggest Show of Stars for '67 05/21/1967 Solomon Burke
Jimmy Hughes
Moms Mabley
Wilson Pickett
Joe Simon
Johnnie Taylor
Spyder Turner
Lou Rawls 05/28/1967 Lou Rawls
Nina Simone 06/24/1967 Nina Simone
Sonny Stitt
Don Patterson
Quartette Trés Bien
Simon & Garfunkel 09/30/1967 Simon & Garfunkel
The Four Seasons 10/07/1967 The Four Seasons