The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple: Freemasonry, Architecture, and Theatre

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The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple: Freemasonry, Architecture, and Theatre

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The stunning new book, The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple: Freemasonry, Architecture, and Theatre, from the Museum of New Mexico Press is available for sale from the Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple.

This book is a comprehensive treatment of the history of Freemasonry in New Mexico, the influence of Orientalism on the art and architecture of Santa Fe, and the origin and meaning of the theatrical stage scenes and costumes by authors Rick Hendricks, Khristaan Villela, Wendy Waszut-Barrett, and Jo Whaley.

A literary review of The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple: Freemasonry, Architecture, and Theatre is featured in the March/April 2019 edition of The Scottish Rite Journal and the photographs and essays presented in The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple were created by some of the finest local authors and artists that Santa Fe, New Mexico has to offer.

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The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple, built in 1912, is a historic landmark and the home of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in New Mexico. The building—including its jewel box theater with original scenery collection—and its artifacts, represent a time capsule of Masonic culture and theatrical history. Essays examine the emergence of Freemasonry, key Masonic figures during New Mexico’s territorial period through statehood, and the architectural significance of the iconic pink building and Freemasons’ use of it to the present. Illustrated with contemporary and historical images, this book reveals the theatrical production of Masonic degrees and the artistic creation of the magnificent scenic backdrops. Today, many of the country’s Masonic buildings are being repurposed and their collections are being liquidated. Through the heroic efforts of its members, the Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple has been preserved, remaining under the stewardship of the Freemasons who share their building with the community.