|A Santa Fe Landmark, the Scottish Rite Temple|
Wrong on many accounts.
The temple is often the location for weddings, dance parties, tango classes and other activities that require a large hall with a good finished wood floor. The hall is both dining room and dance floor. And hanging from the ceiling are three chandeliers created and donated by Charles Lewis Tiffany, a long time Mason who had come to New Mexico for his health. According to our guide, the three lamps are worth more than the entire building.
At right angles to the hall is the largest open air kitchen in the state of New Mexico. The kitchen is not as large as the one at the state pen, but that one is organized into several rooms. This is the largest single room kitchen. Three enormous coffee urns, fired by giant gas burners were among many large devices designed for cooking and serving up to 1400 people at one meal.
The temple is used by the Masons for morality plays. In the large auditorium there is a grand piano, many wonderful material backgrounds rolled up in the space above the stage, and some lovely paintings of the Alhambra in Spain, the inspiration for the bright pink building.
Backstage was the costume room with beautiful embroidered robes in glass cases. They looked like they were one-size-fits-all.....and probably were since they are used over and over by many different sizes of men.
The center courtyard, a feature that vaguely resembles the real Alhambra, was filled with flowers and was quite striking with the pink stucco, bright white clouds, and deep blue Santa Fe sky.
The Scottish Rite Temple is quite a landmark, and now, not such a secretive one. It was a pleasure to see it from the inside out.
|Inside the large auditorium|
|Nicely landscaped courtyard|
|Painting of the Alhambra|
|View of the stage|
|Costumes in the wardrobe.|