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Scottish Rite - Valley of Saint Louis

The Scottish Rite is one of the organizations of Freemasonry in which a Master Mason may proceed after receiving all his degrees in his home Lodge. The use of the “Scottish” has led many people to believe that the Rite originated in Scotland. The Rite comes to us, in a roundabout way, from France. It was during the latter part of the 17th century, when the British Isles were torn by internal strife, that many Scots fled to France and resumed their Masonic interests in their new country. It is believed that this influence contributed to the use of the “Scottish”.

The St. Louis Scottish Rite Cathedral at 3627 Lindell Boulevard is a historic and impressive building designed by architect William B. Ittner. Construction was started in 1919 and the building opened in 1924. The auditorium, which can seat 3,000 people, features the largest wooden stage in St. Louis. It is notable because no posts obstruct the view from any of the seats. Another notable feature is the large, 1923-vintage Kimball pipe organ, which was recently renovated in 2012.

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