The Masonic Temple
Today was the very first time I have been inside Detroit's own Masonic Temple. I've lived in Detroit now for almost nine years and I have never had the occasion to visit. What a gem. The ornamental design is spectacular. No surface exists without careful attention to detail and lots of hand painted embellishment. And the building is huge--1037 rooms. Started in 1920 and finished in 1926, the heyday of Freemasonry in the United States, it is the largest structure of its kind in the world. It hosts three theaters (one was never completed), a Shrine building, the Chapel, eight lodge rooms, a 17,500 square foot drill hall, two ballrooms, office space, a cafeteria, dining rooms, a barber shop, 16 bowling lanes, and more. I saw just a fraction of this, but I've shared a few images from the Crystal ballroom on our Instagram @studio_motif.
For a 3D virtual tour, visit the Masonic website here.
With everything that has been lost in Detroit's decline, I am so glad this building is still standing and in relatively good shape.