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San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Scottish Rite Cathedral

 
 
Scottish Rite Cathedral Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Scottish Rite Cathedral Marker
Inscription. Scottish Rite Masonry in San Antonio dates to 1912, when a charter was granted by the sovereign grand inspector general of Texas. The organization grew slowly until World War I, when many soldiers stationed in San Antonio became members. This site was purchased in 1919, and plans were made to erect a new temple. Construction began in 1922 on this structure. Completed two years later at a cost of $1.5 million, the Cathedral was dedicated in June of 1924. It soon became the center of masonic activities for South Texas.

Features of the five-and-a-half story classical revival temple include an imposing gable front bay, eight Corinthian fluted columns, a terra cotta frieze on the primary temple building, and a stepped central mass. The elaborately sculpted bronze front doors, executed over a two-year period by noted artist Pompeo Coppini (1870-1957), feature figures of George Washington and Sam Houston, both members of the Masonic fraternity.

The Scottish Rite Cathedral has been a San Antonio attraction since its construction. In recent years it has become a center for the performing arts and other cultural activities.
 
Erected 1987 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4612.)
 
Location. 29° 25.674′ 
Scottish Rite Cathedral Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Scottish Rite Cathedral Marker
N, 98° 29.069′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is on Avenue E near 4th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 308 Avenue E, San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Alamo in 1836 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Acequia (Irrigation Ditch) (about 800 feet away); Heroes of the Alamo (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gonzales Men at the Alamo (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tennessee Volunteers at the Alamo (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Augustus Maverick (approx. 0.2 miles away); Japanese Monument to The Heroes of the Alamo (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Mission Period (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Antonio.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Scottish Rite Cathedral Vestibule image. Click for full size.
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3. Scottish Rite Cathedral Vestibule
Scottish Rite Cathedral Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
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4. Scottish Rite Cathedral Cornerstone
Scottish Rite Cathedral (Interior) image. Click for full size.
By R. C., May 5, 2010
5. Scottish Rite Cathedral (Interior)
Scottish Rite Cathedral Main Doors image. Click for full size.
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6. Scottish Rite Cathedral Main Doors
The doors were carved by Pompeo Coppini, a famous sculptor who also sculpted the Alamo Cenotaph. Sam Houston is prominent in this view.
Scottish Rite Cathedral Main Doors image. Click for full size.
By R. C., May 5, 2010
7. Scottish Rite Cathedral Main Doors
The doors were carved by Pompeo Coppini, a famous sculptor who also sculpted the Alamo Cenotaph. President George Washington (a Master Mason) is prominent in this view
Scottish Rite Cathedral Stage image. Click for full size.
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8. Scottish Rite Cathedral Stage
The wooden floor in front of the seats lowers to become an orchestra pit.
Scottish Rite Cathedral Ceiling image. Click for full size.
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9. Scottish Rite Cathedral Ceiling
Although fading with age, the signs of the zodiac can be made out on the ceiling. It is somewhat reminiscent of the ceiling of Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
One of the Masonic "Blue Lodges" in the Cathedral. image. Click for full size.
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10. One of the Masonic "Blue Lodges" in the Cathedral.
Antique Mosler Safe Company Vault in the basement image. Click for full size.
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11. Antique Mosler Safe Company Vault in the basement
This door would be worth a fortune to a collector!
 
 
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