Tripoli Shrine Temple

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Tripoli Temple
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Tripoli Shrine Temple
Tripoli Shrine Temple is located in Wisconsin
Tripoli Shrine Temple
Tripoli Shrine Temple is located in the US
Tripoli Shrine Temple
Location 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°2′21″N 87°57′5″W / 43.03917°N 87.95139°W / 43.03917; -87.95139Coordinates: 43°2′21″N 87°57′5″W / 43.03917°N 87.95139°W / 43.03917; -87.95139
Area 3.5 acres (1.4 ha)
Built 1926
Architect Clas, Shepard & Clas
MPS West Side Area MRA
NRHP reference # 86000142[1]
Added to NRHP January 16, 1986

The Tripoli Shrine Temple is a Shriners temple located in the Concordia neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The building is based on the Taj Mahal in India and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Tripoli Temple. It is not a religious building.


The Tripoli Shrine was founded in 1885 by nobles from the Medinah Temple in Chicago, a fraternal order that traces its lineage to a Masonic lodge established in 1843 by early settlers of Milwaukee. This lodge later founded a dozen other lodges.[2]

Tripoli Temple was designed by architects Clas and Shepard in Moorish Revival style. Built at a cost of $616,999.61, it formally opened on May 14, 1928 after over two years of construction. It was the first temple in Wisconsin, and was home to 13,000 Shriners in the area.[3] The building is one of the best of examples of Moorish Revival architecture in the United States, a style that was particularly popular for synagogues and movie theaters. The Temple's design is loosely based on the Taj Mahal, with the addition of Mudéjar style polychrome stone coursing. An ornately tiled main dome that spans 30 feet in diameter crowns the structure and is flanked by two smaller domes of like design. Sculptures depicting a pair of kneeling camels grace the entrance, while the interior is decorated with ceramic tile of intricate floral designs and plaster lattice work.[4]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ From east to west on W. Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 1, 2005.
  3. ^ Tripoli Shrine in Milwaukee, Tripoli Shrine Temple, retrieved November 4, 2006.
  4. ^ "Milwaukee Historic Churches". Retrieved November 4, 2006.