Update: The Shriners have made a commitment to stay in downtown East St. Louis. See some details of the building that I took in the summer of 2019.
Long known as one of the last surviving institutions from the “old” East St. Louis, the Ainad Temple is a fascinating mix of brick and Moorish Revival decorative elements.
Inspired by buildings such as the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, it reflects an architectural frame of mind that was willing to borrow from any style that suited architects and their clients.
There was talk of moving two years ago, but I hope that they’ve changed their minds and chosen to stay.