Scottish Rite Cathedral, New Castle

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The Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle, Pennsylvania, United States, was designed by Milwaukee architect R. G. Schmidt and built in 1925. First used in November, 1926, as a meeting place for Masonic groups, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. Unable to pay taxes during the Great Depression, the Masons lost the building to the county, but reacquired it in 1940 with the creation of the Cathedral Foundation. This non-profit foundation continues to operate the Cathedral today.
John S. Wallace, a Masonic official and first Commander-In-Chief of the New Castle area, desired a building large enough to accommodate all Masonic groups. Though the land on which the Cathedral sits was purchased in 1918, additional land was bought in 1921, 1923, and 1924. Because the builders ran into quicksand, piling had to be added to the back of the building to ensure the structure was sound. At the time it was built, the Cathedral was the largest facility between New York and Chicago.
The Cathedral continues to be used today for wedding receptions, banquets, and most notably for performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The auditorium in which the symphony performs has a seating capacity of 2,834, and a stage that is 82 feet wide, 46 feet deep, and 65 feet high.
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  • Been to many events here, very nice place, Parking could be better for large events. Check for current events.  more »
  • This place is beautiful. We were there for a 70's Concert of three bands. Of course, with a building of this size and age the acoustics are never great. With that said, we couldn't even make it throug...  more »
  • So many things happen here. Its a beautiful building. Its the dyslexic center for new castle, you can rent the down stairs w/ kitchen, and they have a theater some schools use it for graduation.
  • A beautiful building and if Hollywood is listening a great place to film internal and external scenes for a movie or a series

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