Jack White Saves Detroit’s Masonic Temple, Which Will Name Theater After Him

Claire Lobenfeld | June 4, 2013 - 5:55 pm

It was reported over the weekend that an anonymous donor paid $142K in back taxes owed by Detroit’s Masonic Temple, the largest of its kind in the world, saving it from foreclosure. The white (stripe) knight behind the charitable act was none other than Motor City native Jack White. According to ABC News station WXYZ, White was inspired to help out because of the temple’s significance to him growing up (his mother was an usher there and they both “share a ‘profound love for the gothic structure'”) and as a performer, as he has played numerous shows in the theater. On White’s donation, the Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran said, “Jack’s donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it. Jack’s magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words.” They will also change the name of the Cathedral Theater to the Jack White Theater. Sobran added, “We could not be more humbled to bestow this honor on Jack.”

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