Masonic Temple Revisited, Dusk

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That massive, hulking limestone Parthenon sitting on its own man-made Acropolis is for sale again. If you have a couple of million dollars and don’t mind them using some of the rooms occasionally, it can be yours.

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The vacant lot next door with the rubble retaining wall was once a mansion, demolished for more parking.

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Designed by Eames and Young and originally finished in dedicated in 1926, the interior was never finished.

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“‘Let there be light,’ and then there was light.”

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood MO says:

    The sheer massiveness of this building has always amazed me; what an enormous amount of stone! What a Herculean effort!
    It even overshadows the almost-as-massive Scottish Rite Cathedral two “doors” away. That building seems rather viable and in use for its intended purpose as well as serving as a venue for other events, however.

    The large mansion in between these two structures, however – what was its use before SLU bought it for the Art Gallery? Someone told me when I was a student at SLU in the early ’60s, that it had a connection to the Woolworth family or business, but that may have been just a legend.
    A-HA! I found a (partial) answer: http://www.slu.edu/sluma-home/sluma-history
    Since it was used, according to the link by various companies, maybe the Woolworth story was true?

    1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood MO says:

      I was right on Woolworth – and apologize for not continuing research:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Louis_University_Museum_of_Art and http://www.builtstlouis.net/midtown/02e.html

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