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The Masonic Temple

1100 Henderson St. - 1931

  • The Masonic Temple
    The Masonic Temple
  • Main Lobby of The Masonic Temple
    Main Lobby of The Masonic Temple
  • Ground Floor Ballroom of The Masonic Temple
    Ground Floor Ballroom of The Masonic Temple
  • The Commandry on the Upper Floors of The Masonic Temple
    The Commandry on the Upper Floors of The Masonic Temple
  • Balcony of The Commandry
    Balcony of the Commandry
  • Detail of Truss and Ceiling of The Commandry
    Detail of Truss and Ceiling of The Commandry

Historic Designation:
National Register of Historic Places
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
City of Fort Worth Demolition Delay

 

This Masonic temple, designed by Wiley G. Clarkson sits on a dominant hillside on the southwest end of Downtown Fort Worth. Although the temple is of the Classical Moderne Phase of the Art Deco era, it shows elements of other architectural styles. A grand exterior staircase extends from Henderson Street up to the front door. The building shape itself is a ziggurat form with the top of the ziggurat becoming a greek temple with a flat roof. The columns on this upper portion of the temple are of the ionic order, yet the plan of the building is in the Beaux Arts style. The exterior material is Indiana Limestone. The interior of the temple has remained virtually unchanged over the years.  Harry B. Friedman was the General Contractor.  The building is primarily now used as a meeting and event venue.  The building has several rooms that can seat large numbers of people.  The two most notable spaces are the Grand Ballroom on the first floor and the Commandry on the upper two levels.

 

The Masonic Temple Website

 

Architectural Style:
Art Deco

Architect:
Wiley G. Clarkson, Fort Worth

Contractor:
Harry B. Friedman, Fort Worth

Category:
Meeting/Events Center