Monday, January 15, 2018

The South Side Masonic Temple is under demolition

Thanks to AJ Latrace - formerly of Curbed Chicago - we learned that the demolition process for the South Side Masonic Temple at 64th & Green Streets in Englewood has began. There were some pics provided on Friday through his twitter page.
Sorry to see this wonderful building go, unfortunately it has proven to be unsafe for it to remain standing at its location. There had been some plans over the years for it's eventual reopening but sadly nothing came through and the building sadly is coming down. The temple will not experience a rebirth.

Also on Friday Rachel Kim shared a link to a South Side Weekly article that talks about the endangered buildings of Chicago. One of those buildings of course was this masonic temple in Englewood and it was written in 2015.
Finally David Schalliol showed us his own pics of the masonic temple before it's demolition during a much warmer period of time - hurry summer can't wait! His tweet was shared last month and lets the world know as Eric Allix Rogers had also that this building is slated for demolition in the future. What a shame.
What magnificent pics, especially the interior one - almost as if this was an urban exploration photo shoot. And I really liked that auditorium with the stage. With the right plan and the right amount of money it could've been a wonderful center of activity in Englewood once again.

However, now that the building is going away hopefully the community organizations of Englewood - especially RAGE can come up with a plan for this soon to be vacant lot. So what's next for this site?

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