St. Louis Masonic Temple to go on the market
Say, Brother, could you spare $6,000,000?
From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
For sale: Massive, 185-foot-tall limestone and granite landmark that opened in 1926. Bronze front doors. Marble lobby. Unfinished 2,200-seat theater. Lightly used. Price: $6 million or best offer.
Such could be a classified ad for the Masonic Temple at 3681 Lindell Boulevard. Masons, who meet at the huge edifice only about 10 times per month, plan to move to a smaller building.
Officially, the temple hits the market Monday.
Eames and Young, a famed St. Louis firm, designed the temple with architect Albert Groves. The building’s exterior is Greek Ionic style. The structure’s architectural setbacks symbolize Masonry’s three basic steps: Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason.
The temple has been a city landmark since 1976. Five years later, it did a star turn in the movie “Escape from New York,” filmed largely in St. Louis. In a nighttime scene, stars Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton and Adrienne Barbeau walk down the temple’s front steps.
It’s a shame that such a landmark would be sold, and shows that maybe – just maybe – we need to better manage our properties or they’ll be lost to future generations of our great fraternity.