Masonic Temple Tour

  • March 29, 2014 · 10:45 AM
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Let's take a tour of the Masonic Temple in Detroit.  I've reserved this date and time for us (we're not part of another tour) so we'll have a private tour with our docent John Synder - we'll go into rooms that you never typically see.  There is no charge for the tour.

We'll meet at the Masonic Temple around 10:45 at the back door - so that we can assemble and begin the tour at 11AM. 

It will take between 2 - 2 1/2 hours depending on the questions we ask of John.

Self Park: On-site, secure, fenced parking is immediately behind the building.

Carol -[masked], [masked]

After the tour we're stop for lunch at Foran's Grand Trunk.

 About the Masonic -

The building serves as a home to various masonic organizations including the York Rite Sovereign College of North America.[2] The building contains a variety of public spaces including three theaters, three ballrooms and banquet halls, and a 160 by 100 feet (49 m × 30 m) clear-span drill hall.[3] Recreational facilities include a swimming pool, racquetball court, gymnasium, bowling alley, and a pool hall. There are also numerous lodge rooms, offices, and dining spaces as well as a 'hotel' tower designed for visiting members. The Masonic Temple Theatre is a venue for concerts, Broadway shows, and other special events in the Detroit Theater District. Architect George D. Mason designed the theatre which contains a 55-by-100-foot (17 m × 30 m) stage.

Detroit Masonic Temple was designed in the neo-gothic architectural style, using a great deal of limestone. The ritual building features 14 floors, stands 210 feet (64 m) tall, with 1037 rooms. It dominates the skyline in an area known as Cass Corridor, across Temple Street from Cass Park, and Cass Technical High School


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  • Bev

    Thanks to Carol for arranging this great event. It was kinda/sorta a hike and climbing combo wasn't it? :-)
    I very much enjoyed meeting new people as well.
    Thanks to Bruce who rode with me to the restaurant and was a great navigator, since I don't know my way around Detroit.

    2 · March 31, 2014

    • Bruce

      And thanks to you, Bev, for driving!

      April 1, 2014

  • Bev

    Jeff, I just noted you were a "co-organizer" of the Masonic Tour; sorry I forgot to acknowledge your efforts. Thanks to you also. I can't find a "good to see you" button on this site but thanks to all who sent one to me.

    April 1, 2014

  • Lee K


    March 30, 2014

  • Tim

    Very cool to see the inside of this Detroit icon. Very surprising to see what is really inside this wonder.

    March 29, 2014

  • Paula

    Anybody coming from the Berkley/Royal Oak area? Want to carpool?

    March 26, 2014

    • Jeff

      Hey Paula, I live in Oak Park if you still want to carpool with someone. I will also be going to eat at Foran's afterward.

      March 28, 2014

  • Sheila S.

    I broke my ankle three weeks ago, and we called and they said two hours of walking, lots of stairs, so I have to bail on this. I hope we can do it again sometime in the future.

    March 26, 2014

    • Carol

      I hope you are healing fast.....having had a serious break a few years ago, I know what you're going through...

      March 26, 2014

  • Carol

    Their parking lot is on Charlotte between 2nd and Cass - please be sure to go to the back parking lot - it's secure and it's where we will enter into the Temple.

    March 26, 2014

  • Carol

    I confirmed the reservation today with Foran's. It is for 25 people. We'll arrive between 130-2 and the reservations are under my name - Steven should be there but in case he isn't - we're in the "book". They can't do separate checks but can break a table down into 4 people. Looking forward to seeing & meeting some new faces. Carol

    March 26, 2014

  • Bev

    What a great idea. My Father was a Mason, although not in Detroit. I look forward to exploring and learning the history of this historic building.

    March 10, 2014

  • Carol

    Please keep your rsvp current since there's a limit on the number of people that can attend - changes can be made up to the Thursday prior to the event. Thank you - I appreciate it.

    March 8, 2014

  • Carol

    Lunch will be at Foran's Grand Trunk another historic building - the Grand Trunk Rail Road's ticket station. We’ll eat in an original early 1900’s architecture and the beauty of the Grand Trunk's 25 foot vaulted ceilings, brass chandeliers, exposed brick walls and hard wood floors. Address: 612 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226. This is about 1.5 miles from the Masonic. And, the Stair Stars just ate there and I was told the food was very good. I can vouch for the beer selection.

    March 8, 2014

  • Sheila S.

    Carol- this is an awesome idea! As a non-(michigan) native, I've always wanted to see inside this building.

    1 · March 5, 2014

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