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Masonic Temple

Postby mdg109 » 10 Jun 2018 15:06

Didn't see a topic for this one yet. Noticed work was being done today on the Masonic Temple. The windows were open, and it looked like dumpster trucks were in the back.
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Re: Masonic Temple

Postby Matt777 » 10 Jun 2018 19:25

I know the East Quarter developer said he was going to preserve this building and turn it into something, but it would be horrifying to see this building demolished sneakily. Are there any protections for this building? It’s a beautiful example of Art Deco architecture.

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Re: Masonic Temple

Postby mdg109 » 11 Jun 2018 00:16

Went back for another photo.
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Re: Masonic Temple

Postby DPatel304 » 11 Jun 2018 00:19

The East Quarter development definitely isn't wasting any time at all. I haven't really seen anything indicating we might lose this building, but, regardless, I too hope they preserve the building and turn it into something cool.

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Re: Masonic Temple

Postby exelone31 » 11 Jun 2018 08:38

It seems to me that if they're cleaning out the inside (which is what it looks like on mdg109's second photo), then they probably wouldn't tear it down?

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Re: Masonic Temple

Postby tamtagon » 11 Jun 2018 08:52

At one point, wasn't Sammons Center for the Arts planning a move to this building?

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Re: Masonic Temple

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 11 Jun 2018 08:54

It's a hard building to reuse and make money off of I am sure but I bet he as at least getting it cleaned up so when they find an appropriate use they don't have to wait on remediation. Similar to how the Statler and LTV tower was cleaned out and when they finally got ready to be redeveloped the asbestos work had already been done. I assume he will market it as pretty unique office space. If not how about a really fancy gym lol.

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Re: Masonic Temple

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 11 Jun 2018 08:56

tamtagon wrote:At one point, wasn't Sammons Center for the Arts planning a move to this building?


I think you are thinking of when it was to become an Urban education center thing run by one of the wives of one of the Crows or Hunts or something. There was a mild competition and they had renderings somewhere but that project quickly dissolved.

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Re: Masonic Temple

Postby tamtagon » 11 Jun 2018 10:22

cowboyeagle05 wrote:
tamtagon wrote:At one point, wasn't Sammons Center for the Arts planning a move to this building?


I think you are thinking of when it was to become an Urban education center thing run by one of the wives of one of the Crows or Hunts or something. There was a mild competition and they had renderings somewhere but that project quickly dissolved.


Totally something like that! Oh, here's the 2014 publicity:

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas-city-hall/2014/01/04/hunter-stephanie-hunt-to-turn-downtown-masonic-temple-into-center-aimed-at-solving-dallas-biggest-challenges

Hunter, Stephanie Hunt to turn downtown Masonic Temple into center aimed at solving Dallas' 'biggest challenges'

Robert Wilonsky, City Columnist

After a month spent wondering who purchased the Masonic Temple on Harwood Street in downtown Dallas, the wait is over: The building has been purchased by Hunter and Stephanie Hunt, who plan on turning the 73-year-old, 43,000-square-foot temple into "a hub of creativity and collaboration."

That's the phrase used by one of their key collaborators, Brent Brown, founding director of the Dallas City Hall-based CityDesign Studio and bcWORKSHOP, which aims to rebuild and reconnect neighborhoods.


This side of town certainly needs additional performance venues and gallery space. I wonder what sort of partnership could operate with the nearby Museum of Street Culture.

Whatever happens, the entrance to this building is so completely perfect for gala red carpet fund raising entrances, So Dallas.

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Re: Masonic Temple

Postby DallasMan » 11 Jun 2018 10:24

The Masonic Temple is in the Harwood Historic District and is a contributing structure to said District, so it can't be demolished (unless they get permission, which would be highly unlikely). However, the restrictions do not cover interior spaces, so the owner can do renovations to the interior without obtaining permission from the historic preservation office at the City.


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