Kora Temple

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Kora Temple
Kora Temple - May 2012.JPG
Kora Temple is located in Maine
Kora Temple
Location 11 Sabattus St., Lewiston, Maine
Coordinates 44°6′1″N 70°12′53″W / 44.10028°N 70.21472°W / 44.10028; -70.21472Coordinates: 44°6′1″N 70°12′53″W / 44.10028°N 70.21472°W / 44.10028; -70.21472
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1908
Architect George M. Coombs
Architectural style Exotic Revival, Moorish
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 75000088[1]
Added to NRHP September 11, 1975

Kora Temple is an historic Masonic building at 11 Sabattus Street in Lewiston, Maine.

The temple was built in 1908 by the Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. The Shriners are a fraternal organization affiliated with Freemasonry and are known for their charitable works such as the Shriners Hospitals for Children which provide free medical care to children. The Kora Temple serves as a ceremonial space and clubhouse for the Shriners.[2]

Designed by architect George M. Coombs and built at a cost of $100,000, the building reflects Moorish and Exotic Revival architectural styles.[2] The interior is ornately decorated with floor-to-ceiling murals, gold filigree, and Tiffany chandeliers.[2][3] The murals, which depict scenes from the Bible and decorate the Temple's dining hall, were painted by Harry Cochrane, a Shriner and accomplished Maine artist, between 1922 and 1927.[4] The paintings were restored in the 1970s[2] and the Kora Temple building was added to the National Historic Register in 1975.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d Skelton, Kathryn (15 March 2009). "Kora Shrine Temple at 100". Sun Journal. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kora Shrine Temple". Video. Sun Journal. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Livingston, Rich (14 November 2010). "Kora Temple: Familiar mystery". Sun Journal. Retrieved 2 December 2012.