Scottish Rite Cathedral (Pasadena, California)

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Scottish Rite Cathedral
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General information
Architectural style Moderne, Zig Zag Moderne
Location 150 N. Madison Ave., Pasadena, California
Coordinates 34°08′54″N 118°08′17″W / 34.148456°N 118.138041°W / 34.148456; -118.138041Coordinates: 34°08′54″N 118°08′17″W / 34.148456°N 118.138041°W / 34.148456; -118.138041
Completed 1925
Design and construction
Architect Blick,Joseph J.; Crowell,W.C.

Scottish Rite Cathedral in Pasadena, California was built in 1925 in a Moderne and/or Zig Zag Moderne style.

Architecturally significant in greater Los Angeles as a pre-PWA Classical Moderne building with distinctive decorative guardian sphinxes,[1] the Scottish Rite Cathedral is associated strongly with the social history of Pasadena[citation needed], in particular with the Scottish Rite, an appendant body associated with Freemasonry.

Detail of one of the sphinx-like statues and facade, in 2009

The building was designed and/or built by Joseph J. Blick and W.C. Crowell.[2] Joseph Blick is remembered for the Scottish Rite Cathedral and designed many homes in Pasadena.[3]

In 1984, the building was deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places based on its importance and documentation thereof, but the building was not finally listed (NRIS reference number 84003894, decision date October 3, 1984). The listing was cancelled due to owner objection, which under terms of the National Register program, vetoes the listing.[2]

The building was built in 1925.[4] It cost approximately $300,000, was described as magnificently furnished and was dedicated at a ceremony on February 18, 1925 attended by approximately 1700 high-degree masons and their families.[5][6][7]

As of 2014, the building is still in use by the Scottish Rite organization.[8] [9]


  1. ^ David Gebhard and Robert Winter (2003). An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles. Gibbs Smith. p. 422. ISBN 978-1-58685-308-2. 
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ Jill Alison Ganon and Sandy Gillis (2007). At Home Pasadena. Prospect Park Books. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-9753939-3-2. 
  4. ^ "History". Pasadena Scottish Rite. 
  5. ^ "CATHEDRAL TO BE DEDICATED: Services Will be Conducted in Pasadena Tomorrow New Scottish Rite Building Beautiful Edifice National Officers Are Here for Ceremonies". Los Angeles Times. 1925-02-16. p. 10. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  6. ^ "TO DEDICATE CATHEDRAL: Everything in Readiness for Scottish Rite Ceremony at Pasadena This Evening". Los Angeles Times. 1925-02-17. pp. A10. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  7. ^ "SCOTTISH RITE HAS DEDICATION: Elaborate Ceremonies Take Place at Cathedral Several Hundred Masons of High Degree Present Further Programs Planned at Crown City Edifice". Los Angeles Times. 1925-02-01. p. 3. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  8. ^ "a Scottish Rite directory". 
  9. ^ "The Pasadena Scottish Rite's website". 

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