Zembo Shrine Building

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The Zembo Shrine Building, also known as the Zembo Mosque, is a Masonic building located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It is significant architecturally as an example of Moorish Revival architecture. The edifice was built in 1928, and opened in 1930.[1][2]

The building was sold in 2018 to TempleLive LLC. The initial asking price was $950,000. According to news reports, the building was sold by the Zembo Shriners in order to facilitate the organization's mission of raising money for 22 children's hospitals. At the time of the sale, Lance Beaty, the president of Beaty Capital Group (parent company of TempleLive) stated that the new owners "look[ed] forward to preserving this wonderful structure for future generations to enjoy.[3]

Sporting events[edit]

The Harrisburg Senators, a basketball team, played there during 1947−1951.

Charles Berger wrestled for the World Wide Wrestling Federation as Louis Cyr there, defeating Mike Paidousis on January 30, 1976. Between 1964 and 1983, the World Wide Wrestling Federation and its successor the World Wrestling Federation ran at least 112 events which such notable performers as Arnold Skaaland, Bruno Sammartino, Killer Kowalski, Ernie Ladd, Lou Albano, Jimmy Snuka, The Wild Samoans, Rocky Johnson, and Hulk Hogan, among other notable stars of the era.


  1. ^ "Zembo Shrine History." Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Zembo Shrine Center, Inc., retrieved online February 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Robinson, John K. "Zembo Shrine Temple." Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Historical Marker Database, June 16, 2016.
  3. ^ Marroni, Steve. "Zembo Shrine sold, buyer to preserve it, host events." Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: PennLive, January 29, 2018.

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Coordinates: 40°17′26″N 76°54′01″W / 40.29057°N 76.90019°W / 40.29057; -76.90019