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.

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  • This is a beautiful space and I had some formative moments seeing performances there as a young woman. If they are still clinging on and scraping along, it would be a smart move to consult some young engineers that would get experimental to redesign the space in an effort to support more efficient systems of energy. Theaters can certainly be a drain, but also have very dedicated patrons and artists that are willing to think outside the box on new ways of upholding old traditions (to save them from going under)!

  • Personally, I don’t worship the devil and he/she/it is NOT my God and I am a Freemason No Freemason that I know in two countries – the United States and Canada is a Devil Worshiper or has the Devil as their God.. I respectfully suggest that you know what you’re talking about before you make assertions like that. Whether the World’s Largest Masonic Temple will survive is still “up in the air” with the current economic Depression being a factor in that issue but it should not fail because of foolish assertions like the one you raise above

  • Paul Craig

    Close it down…their god is the devil.