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San Diego Scottish Rite

Postby nichols » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:26 pm

Hi San Diego Folks... I was digging through my postcards and found a great one for the "Scottish Rite Masonic Memorial Center" in Mission Valley.

They have a site and, though the building is a little overgrown, it looks pretty intact. Have any of you been? Does it still have an incredible sign tower?

Anyway, here they are.

http://www.scottishritesandiego.org/

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Postby Nathan » Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:03 pm

What a cool building. 1965, according to the website.

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Seems the arches and tower belong to the church behind it...

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Postby scottkaycee » Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:33 am

Last time I was there it was still intact, I went to a Comic book show there in the early 90's. That whole area was rich in this sort of stuff, but little by little it is being re-muddled away. Have you been to Mission Valley Center? Largely intact although it was Westfielded awhile ago. The Macy's is a great concrete block mass, and the mall itself is outdoors with an almost Miesian character(underneath the "rennovations")
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Postby sdmod » Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:31 am

It is really pretty average beyond the entry. The church behind it (in post above) is fantastic

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Postby Chimay » Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:00 pm

Agree with Todd here, that there's nothing really to recommend this building except for the entrance. The rest is really just a series of windowless boxes with little of interior finish of any interest. The church behind it is much more interesting.

I've been to the Scottish Rite temple many times recently for various functions. My wife likes to go to the San Diego Orchid Society show here every year.

There used to be a Masonic Temple in Kearny Mesa (San Diego), just off of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. and SR163. That one was much more interesting, because it was a large white dome. That one always fascinated me as a kid. Jerry Lewis held his telethon in that building once or twice.
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Postby nichols » Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:37 pm

The postcard that started it all...

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Postby Chimay » Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:54 pm

Too bad that sign is long gone. It was cooler than the building. Wonder what happened to it...
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