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Scranton Cultural Center (Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral)

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Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral
1927, Raymond M. Hood. 420 N. Washington Ave.
  • (© George E. Thomas)
  • (© George E. Thomas)

Hood, the celebrated winner of the 1922 competition for the Chicago Tribune tower, applied his talents to a different sort of building, an enormous series of auditoria and meeting rooms for the local Masons. The building is long, low, and massive, dressed in Indiana limestone in a Modern Gothic style. Beyond its grand, finely sculpted entrance arch, travertine hallways lead to themed meeting rooms and to a 1,600-seat main auditorium whose stage opens—shades of the Akron plan—into a ballroom. Another smaller theater occupies the fourth floor. The building is now a performing arts center. The nearby Collegiate Gothic Scranton School District Administration building (1910, Lewis Hancock) at 425 N. Washington Avenue contributes to the street primarily through its picturesque, crocketed, and battlemented entrance tower.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Scranton Cultural Center (Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral)", [Scranton, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 487-487.

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