The Scottish Rite Masonic Cathedral in Peoria

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The Scottish Rite Masonic Cathedral

400 Northeast Perry Avenue, Peoria, Illinois, Downtown Peoria 61603
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Text by Sue Grawey

The interior resembles an English great hall. There are several meeting rooms, a 400 seat dining room and the main attraction - the theater/auditorium which seats over a thousand on the main floor, risers, balcony, and mezzanine.

Quick Facts
  • November 2, 1923: Construction began.
  • May 7, 1924: The cornerstone was laid.
  • January 12, 1925: This building was dedicated.
  • General contractor:V Jobst & Sons
  • "This building in its purity and beauty of design and its utility of arrangement, is another monument to the genius of this firm."

    - Peoria Star, January 13, 1925

  • "It is the grave and solemn ideals of long gone ages which Mr. Emerson has embodired in those clustering arches and lofty towers which give the new cathedral so impressive a beauty."

    -Peoria Journal, January 13, 1925

  • "Something more than a mere business proposition to us, the erection of the Scottish Rite Cathedral has been a sacred trust."

    -Advertisement for Hewitt Emerson & Gregg

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