Scottish Rite Cathedral, Indianapolis

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The Scottish Rite Cathedral is a historic building designed by architect George F. Schreiber, located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It is owned by the Valley of Indianapolis Scottish Rite, an affiliated body of Freemasonry. It was built between 1927 and 1929 at the cost of $2.5 million. It was built with every dimension (in feet) being evenly divisible by three (reflecting the three degrees in Freemasonry), with many being divisible by 33 (reflecting the degrees a member of the Scottish Rite can achieve).
The Cathedral is one of the largest Masonic buildings, and has been described as one of the finest examples of Neo-Gothic architecture in the United States The main tower features a 54-bell carillon and rises 212ft above Indianapolis. It also has a floating ballroom. Other features are patterned ceilings, ornate carved woodwork, and stained-glass windows. The auditorium has 1200 seats, and has been commended for the craftsmanship with which its fittings and decorations were made It also has a large pipe organ.
The main entrance, known as the Tiler's Room, is a cube of 33ft. It features both Masonic symbols and the signs of the Zodiac.
The ballroom also embodies the number 33 by being 99ft square, pillars defining the dancing area as 66ft square, and the white oak floor panels are 33in square. The chandelier has 200 lights and weighs 2500lb. The ballroom was designed in an Elizabethan architectural style.
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  • If you love old architecture and history then this place is a must to check out. If you're a Freemason you can also join the Scottish Rite and go to degrees/meetings here which is extremely neat. Also...  more »
  • The Cathedral was not what I expected. Very interesting just the same. So glad that we stopped. The tour guide gave a great talk about the use and history of the building.  more »
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  • Very beautiful! Whole building rented for a wedding. Great time.
  • A must see if you are into beautiful architecture. I walked through with my wife once and enjoyed the tour.

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