Jack White Saves Detroit's Masonic Temple After Footing $142,000 Tax Bill


White Stripes and The Raconteurs frontman Jack White was announced on Tuesday as the previously-anonymous donor who saved Detroit's historic Masonic Temple from foreclosure.

Built in 1922, Detroit Masonic Temple contains a wide-variety of public spaces including three auditoriums and two ballrooms. Recreational facilities designed in the structure include a swimming pool, racquet ball court, gymnasium, bowling alley, and a pool hall. There are also numerous lodge rooms, offices, and dining spaces as well as a 'hotel' tower designed for visiting members. The Masonic Temple Theatre is a venue for concerts, Broadway shows, and other special events in the Detroit Theater District.

Recently, however, Detroit Masonic Temple was facing foreclosure after falling behind $142,000 on back taxes. Shortly after the news broke it was announced that an anonymous donor had stepped forward to foot the bill, who representatives for the facility later revealed to be White.

“Jack’s donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it. Jack’s magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words,” said Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran in a release.

Officials noted that White's motive stemmed from having played many shows at the Detroit Masonic Temple during his rise up the music ranks. White's mother was also employed as an usher at the facility in previous years.

“In light of Jack’s generosity and belief in the importance of a strong, vital Temple that should and will be available to future generations of Detroiters, the Masonic Temple Association will be naming, in Jack’s honor, our Cathedral Theater, the ‘Jack White Theater. We could not be more humbled to bestow this honor on Jack,” Sobran added.

The newly renamed Jack White Theater is a 27,878 square foot structure capable of seating 1,586 people.

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