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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.

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  • Randy Burbach

    Jack sort of grew up there. His mom worked at the Masonic Temple

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  • Tim Burke

    This is what i would have done if i were a mason i would have asked every mason to kick in 50 bucks to save this Temple. Big Thanks to Jack for steppin up to the plate when the Mason’s wouldn’t, what a bunch of lazy bums. remember the kid last summer who sold lemon aid for his Moms memorial, well what if every Mason out there sold lemon aid or had a weekend garage sale. come on you so called mason’s. where’s your motivation. your drive i can’t believe you guys sat back and did nothing. Tim Burke

    • Detroit Love

      I’m sorry Tim, what is it YOU have done personally to help save the Masonic Temple? Did you ever consider that the lack of funding is due to a fall in memberships because rates have gone up for members to help and try to raise more money? Unless you are Mason and know the ins and outs of their treasury and where their money is going I suggest you shut your mouth and quit calling them lazy bums and use the energy it took for you to bash and bad mouth the masons to have your own lemonade stand or fundraiser for the Masonic Temple.

      • Tim Burke

        Hey Mister so called Detroit Love. lets see what i have done monetarily here in the city. i donated about 5 thousand dollars of art to the midwest aids prevention project. yep donated to them 8 years in a row. oh ya then i donated a clock and spearheaded there new art theme for coalition of temporary shelter. the clock brought them 500 bucks oh and the make a wish foundation donated to them as well so put your money were your mouth is, poney up Mister so called Detroit Love.

  • Fritz Adolph

    jack white rocks……