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2013-06-05 11:51:46 AM  
Hip, hip hop...hip hop anonymous?

Dammit, he always get the easy ones!
 
2013-06-05 12:13:07 PM  
Very cool!
 
2013-06-05 12:33:59 PM  
Wow. What a beautiful building. Are there and Michigan Masons that can provide some more insight into this building? I went to themasonic.com and figured that it's not the location of Grand Lodge.
 
2013-06-05 12:39:04 PM  
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Anonymouse
 
2013-06-05 12:46:32 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Wow. What a beautiful building. Are there and Michigan Masons that can provide some more insight into this building? I went to themasonic.com and figured that it's not the location of Grand Lodge.


It's as beautiful inside as out.
 
2013-06-05 12:50:45 PM  

freetomato: It's as beautiful inside as out.


Do you know if they still hold meetings in any of the Lodge rooms?
 
2013-06-05 12:56:19 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: freetomato: It's as beautiful inside as out.

Do you know if they still hold meetings in any of the Lodge rooms?


I have no idea.  I should have mentioned that I'm not a Mason (though my husband is) and not in Detroit.  Just fascinated by beautiful architecture and saddened by the pictures we've all seen of fantastic historical structures in Detroit that have been allowed to deteriorate. Glad that White stepped up and impressed that he was quiet and humble about it.

Rich guys like Jack White are a million times more classy than useless, blathering jerks like Farkface McClownstick.
 
2013-06-05 01:07:25 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Wow. What a beautiful building. Are there and Michigan Masons that can provide some more insight into this building? I went to themasonic.com and figured that it's not the location of Grand Lodge.


My wife had an art show there a few months ago and the entire building was open. I explored it for a good 2 hours. Almost all the rooms were unlocked and no one else was around. It's one of the most amazing buildings I've been in in the U.S. And incredibly creepy, especially when it's dark and empty. It's got a strong Overlook Hotel vibe to it.
 
2013-06-05 01:40:53 PM  

freetomato: Dancin_In_Anson: Wow. What a beautiful building. Are there and Michigan Masons that can provide some more insight into this building? I went to themasonic.com and figured that it's not the location of Grand Lodge.

It's as beautiful inside as out.


Wonderful pics.  There is not much in Detroit I want to see, but this place is on the list now.  I will have to see if there are any lodges currently meeting there....
 
2013-06-05 01:52:30 PM  
There's just a tiny bit of irony as Jack was raised a Catholic.
 
2013-06-05 01:55:34 PM  
His lyrics are bottomless
...

/good job jack, nice to know someone is trying there
 
2013-06-05 01:57:19 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: freetomato: It's as beautiful inside as out.

Do you know if they still hold meetings in any of the Lodge rooms?


You are now listed in blue in my favorites list......

PM 456 in KY
 
2013-06-05 02:08:11 PM  
First Illuminati anthem and now this...
 
2013-06-05 02:14:43 PM  

maddman: You are now listed in blue in my favorites list......

PM 456 in KY


3 time PM...stewing at the Secretary's desk now and hate  it. Elections coming up this stated meeting and I'm hoping that I'll head back to the chairs for another go round. (very small but active Lodge)
 
2013-06-05 02:14:52 PM  
Detroit has a lot of beautiful art deco architecture that is sadly wasting away.   Come on you economically mobile,  telecommuting young folks, move out of your safe Brooklyn, Austin, Silverlake, PDX conclaves and there and pump some money into a real historic "urban" experience, safe from "gentrification".

I would do it myself, but I'm old, married and biding my time until the sweet release of death.
 
2013-06-05 02:19:41 PM  
2B1ASK1
 
2013-06-05 02:20:43 PM  

InmanRoshi: Come on you economically mobile, telecommuting young folks, move out of your safe Brooklyn, Austin, Silverlake, PDX conclaves and there and pump some money into a real historic "urban" experience, safe from "gentrification".


I think it was VICE that did a piece on urban Detroit a couple years with Johnny Knoxville. The gist I got was a bunch of hipsters already took over swaths of city proper so there's a good chance "abandoned building X" will actually hold an art show then a rave later tonight.
 
2013-06-05 02:20:44 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: maddman: You are now listed in blue in my favorites list......

PM 456 in KY

3 time PM...stewing at the Secretary's desk now and hate  it. Elections coming up this stated meeting and I'm hoping that I'll head back to the chairs for another go round. (very small but active Lodge)


I understand.  The sec job is thankless.  Hope you can find a good "retired" guy to take over the task...
 
2013-06-05 02:21:07 PM  
So it's safe to say he's one of them, like Jay-Z and Beyonce?
 
2013-06-05 02:22:11 PM  

maddman: Dancin_In_Anson: freetomato: It's as beautiful inside as out.

Do you know if they still hold meetings in any of the Lodge rooms?

You are now listed in blue in my favorites list......

PM 456 in KY


Next time I'm in the Ft Knox/Lousiville area, I'll have to say hi.

/Parker Lodge #97, North Woodstock, NH
 
2013-06-05 02:26:48 PM  

maddman: I understand. The sec job is thankless. Hope you can find a good "retired" guy to take over the task...


My biggesat issue is that I spend 6x10 staring at the box and doing paperwork and the LAST thing I want to do when leaving work is to go home, put my face in another box and do more paperwork. My predecessor has agrees to become  my successor as well. Yes, he's quite retired.

RatMaster999: maddman: Dancin_In_Anson: freetomato: It's as beautiful inside as out.

Do you know if they still hold meetings in any of the Lodge rooms?

You are now listed in blue in my favorites list......

PM 456 in KY

Next time I'm in the Ft Knox/Lousiville area, I'll have to say hi.

/Parker Lodge #97, North Woodstock, NH


Any time you're...lucky...enough to find yourself on this side of I-35 look me up!

Anson 575 A.F.&A.M.
 
2013-06-05 02:32:38 PM  

LewDux: First Illuminati anthem and now this...


OMG!! aLeKKKs j'OWNZ!!1! 9-e11ebenz!1!!
/amidoinitright?
 
2013-06-05 02:50:02 PM  

RatMaster999: maddman: Dancin_In_Anson: freetomato: It's as beautiful inside as out.

Do you know if they still hold meetings in any of the Lodge rooms?

You are now listed in blue in my favorites list......

PM 456 in KY

Next time I'm in the Ft Knox/Lousiville area, I'll have to say hi.

/Parker Lodge #97, North Woodstock, NH


Welcome anytime Brother
 
2013-06-05 02:52:14 PM  
Went to the Santos 'Sugarman' Rodriguez show there last month. Great building, lousy hood, excellent show!

I've seen Jack White 5 times now between White Stripes, Racontours, and solo shows, and I have never not enjoyed the experience.

For all those who urged the hipster to move in, it's happenning on at least a small level. Check Detropia on Netflix. We usually make the rounds near Wayne State and DIA, and you'll find some excellent little shops that couldn't afford high rents. The Peacock room on Kirby and a really nice Boho style Crepe place on the same block. Goooood Times, though duck and cover.

/Between our multiple visits to DTown and NOLA, we're apparantly suckers for doomed cities.
 
2013-06-05 03:04:03 PM  
I find the urban archeology aspect of Detroit very intriguing.  Like the former and current shots of the closed schools.  http://detroiturbex.com/content/schools/cass/current/index.html
 
2013-06-05 03:19:30 PM  

maddman: I find the urban archeology aspect of Detroit very intriguing.  Like the former and current shots of the closed schools.  http://detroiturbex.com/content/schools/cass/current/index.html


How can the stuff in that building (and the others I've seen for that matter) not be sold somewhere as archaelogical antiques? If I was building a new home, I for one would love to incorporate salvaged pieces.   I didn't even look too closely because I am in the middle of something but I'd love to have one of those large wooden lab tables, those gorgeous wooden bookshelves.....the glassware in that lab is not cheap.   I can't imagine what else salvageable must be lying there rotting.  It's like they just turned the lights off and walked away.  It really blows my mind.
 
2013-06-05 03:20:15 PM  

maddman: I find the urban archeology aspect of Detroit very intriguing.  Like the former and current shots of the closed schools.  http://detroiturbex.com/content/schools/cass/current/index.html


The thing i find sad is that there are tons of things in those photos that are very resellable. From the furniture to the lighting fixtures. A lot of the industrial stuff is quite popular nowdays and can fetch a pretty penny. But there it is all rotting away...
 
2013-06-05 03:24:57 PM  

freetomato: maddman: I find the urban archeology aspect of Detroit very intriguing.  Like the former and current shots of the closed schools.  http://detroiturbex.com/content/schools/cass/current/index.html

How can the stuff in that building (and the others I've seen for that matter) not be sold somewhere as archaelogical antiques? If I was building a new home, I for one would love to incorporate salvaged pieces.   I didn't even look too closely because I am in the middle of something but I'd love to have one of those large wooden lab tables, those gorgeous wooden bookshelves.....the glassware in that lab is not cheap.   I can't imagine what else salvageable must be lying there rotting.  It's like they just turned the lights off and walked away.  It really blows my mind.


There are companies that do do that but a lot of the market is out west. I know goodwill does a lot of salvage work in Detroit but that it mostly residential. Schools and industrial areas are mostly left alone. I've actually thought about starting up a business in reselling a lot of that type of stuff.
 
2013-06-05 03:25:38 PM  

maddman: I find the urban archeology aspect of Detroit very intriguing.  Like the former and current shots of the closed schools.  http://detroiturbex.com/content/schools/cass/current/index.html


I share the same fascination.    I always look at the beautiful Michigan Theatre that was converted to a parking garage.

img.weburbanist.com

This is actually considered a "success story" by Detroit Standards, because it wasn't completely left to dilapidate  into dust.
 
2013-06-05 03:35:51 PM  

freetomato: maddman: I find the urban archeology aspect of Detroit very intriguing.  Like the former and current shots of the closed schools.  http://detroiturbex.com/content/schools/cass/current/index.html

How can the stuff in that building (and the others I've seen for that matter) not be sold somewhere as archaelogical antiques? If I was building a new home, I for one would love to incorporate salvaged pieces.   I didn't even look too closely because I am in the middle of something but I'd love to have one of those large wooden lab tables, those gorgeous wooden bookshelves.....the glassware in that lab is not cheap.   I can't imagine what else salvageable must be lying there rotting.  It's like they just turned the lights off and walked away.  It really blows my mind.


You are right, I thought the same thing.  Places are not normally abandoned without first auctioning off stuff like that.
 
2013-06-05 03:46:18 PM  

maddman: freetomato: maddman: I find the urban archeology aspect of Detroit very intriguing.  Like the former and current shots of the closed schools.  http://detroiturbex.com/content/schools/cass/current/index.html

How can the stuff in that building (and the others I've seen for that matter) not be sold somewhere as archaelogical antiques? If I was building a new home, I for one would love to incorporate salvaged pieces.   I didn't even look too closely because I am in the middle of something but I'd love to have one of those large wooden lab tables, those gorgeous wooden bookshelves.....the glassware in that lab is not cheap.   I can't imagine what else salvageable must be lying there rotting.  It's like they just turned the lights off and walked away.  It really blows my mind.

You are right, I thought the same thing.  Places are not normally abandoned without first auctioning off stuff like that.


The problem is that when the buildings are first closed, people think they are only going to keep the building closed for a short time so they hold on to all of the contents.  Maybe they take out some of the newest equipment, but they keep the older equipment in storage because they will need it again.  Then, after 5-10 years, they decide they aren't going to need the building, so they stop maintaining it.  Then the vandals move in and destroy a lot of the nice stuff.  Then pickers and salvage hunters break in illegally and take the nicest of what is left.  More vandals, more pickers, and more disrepair and the building and its contents get worse and worse.  By the time the school district or building owner decides to auction the content, there isn't much value left.
 
2013-06-05 03:52:01 PM  

Tellingthem: The thing i find sad is that there are tons of things in those photos that are very resellable. From the furniture to the lighting fixtures. A lot of the industrial stuff is quite popular nowdays and can fetch a pretty penny. But there it is all rotting away...


That tends to be my take as well.  The sad story on that front was someone realized that the lobby of one of the closed-up buildings in Detroit was decorated with Tiffany glass tiles.  It took them years, but they stripped the entire lobby.
 
2013-06-05 04:03:26 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Tellingthem: The thing i find sad is that there are tons of things in those photos that are very resellable. From the furniture to the lighting fixtures. A lot of the industrial stuff is quite popular nowdays and can fetch a pretty penny. But there it is all rotting away...

That tends to be my take as well.  The sad story on that front was someone realized that the lobby of one of the closed-up buildings in Detroit was decorated with Tiffany glass tiles.  It took them years, but they stripped the entire lobby.


I would hope it was someone who knew what they were doing and was saving them from destruction...but i doubt it. It's weird though. I've seen some pictures with some stunning Victorian furniture just sitting there un touched while things like the pipes were looted. I've actually thought about stealing stuff sometimes just to save it. It's like that old car sitting in a farmers field. It's not yours but it's painful to watch it rot away.
 
2013-06-05 04:06:09 PM  

maddman: I find the urban archeology aspect of Detroit very intriguing.  Like the former and current shots of the closed schools.  http://detroiturbex.com/content/schools/cass/current/index.html


The old Cass Tech has been torn down for a few years now.

I've seen Jack White twice at the Masonic Temple, once with the White Stripes in the big theater and last year as a solo act in the Scottish Rite theater, which they are naming after him now. That place is awesome. And the neighborhood is not as bad as it may look, given the large abandoned buildings nearby. NE Detroit is way, way worse.

/Detroiter
 
2013-06-05 04:08:18 PM  

Tellingthem: Dwight_Yeast: Tellingthem: The thing i find sad is that there are tons of things in those photos that are very resellable. From the furniture to the lighting fixtures. A lot of the industrial stuff is quite popular nowdays and can fetch a pretty penny. But there it is all rotting away...

That tends to be my take as well.  The sad story on that front was someone realized that the lobby of one of the closed-up buildings in Detroit was decorated with Tiffany glass tiles.  It took them years, but they stripped the entire lobby.

I would hope it was someone who knew what they were doing and was saving them from destruction...but i doubt it. It's weird though. I've seen some pictures with some stunning Victorian furniture just sitting there un touched while things like the pipes were looted. I've actually thought about stealing stuff sometimes just to save it. It's like that old car sitting in a farmers field. It's not yours but it's painful to watch it rot away.


The scrappers here are a serious problem. There's a cycle where a building or house becomes unoccupied, the scrappers come in and tear out all the plumbing and often the window counterweights so the windows stand open. The house/building then becomes nearly valueless as it would be extremely expensive to repair. Later some asshole sets it on fire and it sits as a burnt out husk until it's eventually torn down.
 
2013-06-05 04:09:59 PM  
There are a couple of words in that headline subby needs to look up
 
2013-06-05 04:20:03 PM  
The Masonic auditorium has some of the best acoustics in the world. Used to be an awesome place to see a concert.
 
2013-06-05 05:20:50 PM  
Elephantmen?
 
2013-06-05 05:33:47 PM  

cretinbob: There are a couple of words in that headline subby needs to look up


Which ones?  The ones that are lyrics to a Jack White song, the one that refers to the fact that his donation was made anonymously then revealed after the fact, or the use of the word "hero" to describe him selflessly donating a very large sum of money to save an otherwise doomed grand building?

/subby
//had to accidentally misspell a word to get greened, dammit
///thanks for fixing it, mods
 
2013-06-05 07:47:59 PM  

cretinbob: There are a couple of words in that headline subby needs to look up


I tried to find citations of Jack White calling himself Poor Boy. Then I figured out subby was referring to the eponymous theater. He was close.

TFA said the anonymous benefactor had just recently been named, so you have to give him a pass on that one.
 
2013-06-05 08:00:56 PM  

MontanaDave: I tried to find citations of Jack White calling himself Poor Boy. Then I figured out subby was referring to the eponymous theater. He was close


She (I) was referring to this song.
 
2013-06-05 08:15:21 PM  
epon·y·mousadjective \i-ˈpä-nə-məs, e-\Definition of EPONYMOUS: of, relating to, or being the person or thing for whom or which something is named : of, relating to, or being an eponym


//just the theatre is being named for him
 
2013-06-05 11:38:03 PM  
Good man. Or at least, seems to be. Respect the hell out of his talent, too.
 
2013-06-06 12:54:30 AM  

ricewater_stool: The scrappers here are a serious problem. There's a cycle where a building or house becomes unoccupied, the scrappers come in and tear out all the plumbing and often the window counterweights so the windows stand open. The house/building then becomes nearly valueless as it would be extremely expensive to repair. Later some asshole sets it on fire and it sits as a burnt out husk until it's eventually torn down.


One of the things I've noticed about the ruins that Detroit has become is that the bulk of houses are single-family and most of them are made out of wood.  The biggest and best of them have/had to be expensive to heat at the best of times, thus turning them into white elephants now that the city is poor and depopulated (some of the best Colonial buildings here in Philly survived a century as slums as they were row houses and therefore cheaper to heat; stand-along mansions got demolished).

Jack White tried to stay in Detroit as long as he could.  He had a beautiful Beaux Arts mansion in a decent neighborhood that he bought for $25,000 and fixed up.  He tried to sell it for years and finally ended up putting it up for auction.
 
2013-06-06 01:07:19 AM  

InmanRoshi: maddman: I find the urban archeology aspect of Detroit very intriguing.  Like the former and current shots of the closed schools.  http://detroiturbex.com/content/schools/cass/current/index.html

I share the same fascination.    I always look at the beautiful Michigan Theatre that was converted to a parking garage.

[img.weburbanist.com image 468x317]

This is actually considered a "success story" by Detroit Standards, because it wasn't completely left to dilapidate  into dust.


It was really nice to see the Book Cadillac, the Whitney Building, and the Broderick Tower get reopened.  And there are other grand old buildings, like the Guardian Building, the Penobscot Building,the Fisher Building, and the Detroit Athletic Club that have been continually occupied since they opened.  It'll be interesting to see what Dan Gilbert does with all the Detroit real estate he's bought up.
 
2013-06-06 03:46:58 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Any time you're...lucky...enough to find yourself on this side of I-35 look me up!Anson 575 A.F.&A.M.


maddman: Welcome anytime Brother


Thank you.  Sometime I'd love to take a leisurely road trip and try to visit a couple Lodges in each state.  Guess I should win the lotto first, though...or retire.
 
2013-06-06 06:01:07 AM  
I'm surprised by the number of Mason that frequent fark.

/Jackson lodge 191
 
2013-06-06 01:00:47 PM  
Saw Louis CK there last year--amazing theatre with great acoustics and a ladies room on the main floor.

Very happy to see a Detroiter taking care of Detroit (at least a part of it).
 
2013-06-06 03:06:55 PM  

veryequiped: The Masons have more money than you could guess.


Kind of a Jew gold thing eh?
 
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