Downtown Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Scottish Rite Temple
Built 1871-72 as an opera house by Austin Turn Verein, a German social society. Used for gymnastics, feasting and dancing, it was a social center for years.
Purchased in 1912 for Ben Hur Shrine temple and remodeled, blending Southwest Mission style architecture with Arabic accents. Transferred in 1914 to Scottish Rite Bodies of Austin who allow other Masonic groups to meet here.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 15644.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 30° 16.803′ N, 97° 44.426′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. It is in Downtown Austin. Marker is on West 18th Street west of Colorado Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 W 18th Street, Austin TX 78701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Swedish Evangelical Free Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moses Austin Carrington-Covert House (about 700 feet away); Diocese of Austin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gethsemane Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); State Bar of Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wahrenberger House (approx. ¼ mile away); Austin's Moonlight Towers (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
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