DELOREAN MOMENT: THE SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE


Designed by Horace W. Castor and constructed in 1926, the Scottish Rite Temple at Broad and Race Streets was quite an interesting site. At first glance I was not quite sure what to make of it. The unique stone exterior of this oversized shoebox lends its appeal to that of a daunting inner city fortress or prison; and that is perhaps why I have come to like it. In many ways the building was fortress-like at the time; it was utilized by the Scottish Rite, a faction among the secret society of Freemasons. In 1983 the Scottish Rite Temple was demolished by wrecking ball to make way for more thrilling prospects, what we shall call ‘a parking garage.’ Unfortunately for them, Parkway Corporation’s new property replaced a cool and unique piece of history with something generic and unexciting. —-Alex Graziano