Musician Jack White keeps Detroit Masonic Temple alive with $142,000 donation

Masonic TempleLocal rocker Jack White donated $142,000 to the Detroit Masonic Temple to prevent it from going into foreclosure, the temple revealed today.

In return, the world’s largest masonic temple renamed its Cathedral Theater to the “Jack White Theater,” where the local musician has played and where his mother used to be an usher.

The Jack White Theater seats nearly 1,600 people.

“Jack’s donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it,” Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran said. “Jack’s magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words.”

The Detroit Masonic Temple has been at risk of foreclosure because membership has fallen dramatically over the decades, leaving many of the more than 1,000 rooms empty.

The neo-Gothic building is at Temple and Cass, a stone’s throw from the area where Mike Ilitch is believed to be planning to build a new Red Wings arena.

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.