Historic Masonic Temple at risk of closing? Unpaid bills stack up; demand low

A theater inside the Masonic Temple

The world’s largest Masonic temple is in danger of closing because of money troubles and plummeting membership, sources familiar with the situation said.

DTE  has threatened to shut off electricity this weekend to the 1,000-plus-room Masonic Temple along the Cass Corridor.

With theaters, ballrooms and bars, the massive, 14-story Masonic Temple sometimes racks up energy bills that run a few thousand dollars a day, according to sources who spoke on condition on anonymity.

The ornate gem has fallen on hard times because of massive drops in membership.

Efforts have been afoot to revive the temple, but progress of those plans are unclear.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.