Oakland Scottish Rite turns back the clock

"SCOTTISH RITE CENTER"Samantha Clark from the Oakland Tribune is reporting in the Contra Costa Times that Oakland’s historic Scottish Rite Center is undergoing an extensive renovation. ¬†From the article:

The Scottish Rite Center that overlooks Lake Merritt is undergoing a $1.2 million renovation to return the lodge to its original glory.

For 60 days, the building will close so workers can replace the roof, install LED lighting and sound systems and make the building handicap accessible. The grand dome theater will get a fresh coat of paint and 24-karat leafing on its details.

“There was a huge community here, and we want to bring that back,” said Konstantin Savvon, the director of operations for the center. “We want to support and reach out to Oakland.”

The Scottish Rite of the Valley of Oakland, a Freemasons fraternity, will offer guided public tours and open a restaurant and bar. Rooms previously used only by the fraternity will be available to rent. Savvon said they want the building to become more accessible, for example, to Oakland’s nonprofits and startups.

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