Scottish Rite Cathedral

scottish-riteThe Scottish Rite Cathedral is a Neo-Gothic style structure with a 54-bell carillon main tower that soars 212 feet above Indianapolis. The cathedral is owned by the Scottish Rite, a Freemason fraternity dedicated to personal growth, fellowship and social activity. Additionally, the Scottish Rite participates in philanthropic endeavors and other acts of community involvement.

Inside, the Scottish Rite Cathedral is a marvel of elegance and detail. The main entrance, or Tiler’s Room, is a perfect 33 foot cube. The plaster ceiling is hand painted and the walls are hand carved Italian marble. The floor mimics that of King Solomon’s Inner Chamber, and contains a center brass medallion with the 12 Zodiac signs and Scottish Rite masonry symbols.

At 99 square feet on the floor and 45 feet high, the ballroom is perfect for weddings and dancing. The woodwork is nearly all Carpathian white oak, and reflects Elizabethan architecture. The hand painted acoustic tile ceiling blends nicely with the woodwork. A 2,500 pound bronze and crystal chandelier lights the ballroom with 200 bulbs.

The Jacobean style Main Lounge houses Belgian hand carved tables, a Herschedes grandfather clock and a bronze statue of a knight. The windows feature symbols of art, science and Masonry.

A grand theater is the center of Scottish Rite work and performance. A Medieval Gothic architecture was at least partially fashioned after that of the Cologne Cathedral. Most of the woodwork is of Russian curly oak. The auditorium can fit about 1,300 people.

The Scottish Rite Cathedral is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and offers tours to the public.

650 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Photo courtesy of Poco a poco.

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