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Scranton Cultural Center (Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral)
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.
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