Scottish Rite Temple
The Kansas City Scottish Rite Facility, including most of the interior, is of classic Greek design of the Ionic Order. Architectural lines of the structure were inspired by the ancient mausoleum at Halicarnassus in Caria (now part of the Republic of Turkey). That temple had been constructed to house the mortal remains of Mausolus by his widow Artemesia.
Most of the decoration of the main cornice has been duplicated; the major change being that the figures of the warriors which adorned the original have been replaced by double eagles.
The building contains a total of 32 columns, ten on each side and twelve across the front. Two large, 10' x 4' sculptured Sphinxes dominate the front of the building. These objects of art are carved in two pieces, being joined back of the hood.
Two tripod Grecian urns are mounted above and behind the Sphinxes. All doors and windows have ornamental grilles on the outside.
The building has 114,303 square feet of floor space with an auditorium which measures 102' x 112'. The auditorium seats 1,500 people.
The entrance ve..