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The Masonic Temple, as seen from Cass Park, is one of the most complicated buildings ever erected in the United States. There are some twelve million cubic feet of space in all, making it the largest and most complete building of its kind in the world. There are 1,037 rooms, the roof of copper concrete and asphalt is 80,000 square feet in area-or nearly two acres; the excavation for the foundations required the removal of 1,620,000 cubic feet of earth: 3,850,000 bricks were used for partitions and walls; the exterior contains 100,000 cubic feet of stone from the quarries of Indiana, and the structural steel used in the erection of the building weighs 16,000,000 pounds. At one time it housed a barber shop, a shoe shine parlor, 15 bowling alleys, a cigar/candy/souvenir stand, an indoor pool, a bakery, a rooftop garden and a gymnasium, but have since been removed. Click HERE for a large pic. Click the pic to see more Masonic, then click here for for a great site with some history and photos.

Saturday, December 21, 2002