* This is the largest Scottish Rite cathedral in the world.

* It was designed by George F. Schreiber, architect and member, 1926.

* The Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral cost $2.5 Million to build.

* Construction was completed in 1929.

* The tower reaches 212 feet high.

* To become a member, you must be a Master Mason in good standing.

Why it’s a favorite: The Scottish Rite is one of the best of our city’s models for Indiana Limestone–watching it throughout the changing lights of days and nights is breathtaking.

4 responses to “Friday Favorite: 6 Trivia Bits, Scottish Rite Cathedral”

  1. Kevin J. Brewer says:


    It is like having our own mini Washington National Cathedral or St. John, the Unfinished, in New York. Besides the Scottish Rite Cathedral and Second Presbyterian Church, can you please list for us the other Gothic churches in Indianapolis.

  2. basil berchekas jr says:

    Your presentation says it all…have nothing to add; as breathtaking on the inside as well!

  3. Elizabeth Ruddell says:

    I have never seen the inside- do you thing you could feature it in an article as well?

  4. Tom Renick says:

    My Grandfather was a 33rd. degree Scottish Rite Mason. He died in 1968 and had the Masonic gravesite rituals. My Dad was in the Blue lodge and Mom in the Eastern star. The Scottish Rite teaches moral truths by use of drama and ritual and the Cathedral was built to resemble a Church similar perhaps to Westminster Cathedral in London. Freemasonry, once seen as a prerequisite for business success or enhanced social status, is now being shunned by a new breed of professional which regards the order as eccentric and irrelevant. There were about 4.5 Million Masons in the USA in the 1920s but today perhaps only a little over a million. I am an Ordained Presbyterian Elder but this statement from my Southern Baptist friends sums up my own view of Freemasonry. Therefore, we exhort Southern Baptists to prayerfully and carefully evaluate Freemasonry in the light of the Lordship of Christ, the teachings of the Scripture, and the findings of this report, as led by the Holy Spirit of God……….I still like the old Building.

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