Scottish Rite Temple
Scottish Rite Temple The Kansas City Scottish Rite Facility, including most of the interior, is of classic Greek design of the Ionic Order. Architectural lines of the structure were inspired by the ancient mausoleum at Halicarnassus in Caria (now part of the Republic of Turkey). That temple had been constructed to house the mortal remains of Mausolus by his widow Artemesia. Most of the decoration of the main cornice has been duplicated; the major change being that the figures of the warriors which adorned the original have been replaced by double eagles. The building contains a total of 32 columns, ten on each side and twelve across the front. Two large, 10' x 4' sculptured Sphinxes dominate the front of the building. These objects of art are carved in two pieces, being joined back of the hood. Two tripod Grecian urns are mounted above and behind the Sphinxes. All doors and windows have ornamental grilles on the outside. The building has 114,303 square feet of floor space with an auditorium which measures 102' x 112'. The auditorium seats 1,500 people. The entrance vestibules are decorated with bronze grille work set in Pavonazzo marble. Ceilings have designs in vivid Blue, Red, Black, and Gold. The main Foyer floor is of Kasota Belguim, Tennessee and Verde antique marble. There are three large bronze Scottish Rite emblems embedded in the floor. Walls are of Silverdale stone. Ceiling beams are raised grain oak, stained and antiqued with designs in Blue, Black, and Gold. Large bronze chandeliers and torchiers provide lighting. Leather doors and doorheads complete the setting. The Lounge, Library and SGIG Lounge are all paneled in walnut and embellished with hand carved insignia. Office areas are trimmed in mahogany. The dining room, which seats 600, has three large stained glass panels which depict liturgy of the Rite. Border and ornaments are reproductions of true Gothic Scroll work designed by monks of the Cathedral building era.