If you have ever taken a drive along Meridian Street headed towards city center, you’ll have likely noticed one of the most iconic buildings in Indianapolis – Scottish Rite Cathedral. Our newest exclusive venue has the honor of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places and maintains its original architecture through meticulous maintenance provided by a very loving and dedicated team of preservationists. The Cathedral is home of the Valley of Indianapolis for the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. In addition to being a center for Masonic member activity, the facility is also used for community organizations, wedding ceremony and receptions, business meetings, and corporate events.
Architecture and Design
Events hosted at Scottish Rite Cathedral are nothing short of breathtaking. From the moment you enter, the grandeur and richness of the venue’s history is vibrant and welcoming. Ornate wood carvings are found in nearly every room, original to the building’s design. Painted glass is featured on each floor as well as original light fixtures updated to use modern lighting. All of the venue flooring features unique carpet patterns and glistening marble tile.
Scottish Rite Cathedral is one of the largest Masonic buildings in the world. It was designed by architect George F. Schreiber, who meticulously and mathematically developed the structure with every dimension being evenly divisible by three. In fact, many are divisible by 33, representing the degrees a member of the Scottish Rite can achieve. This masterpiece of design is often recognized as one of the finest examples of Neo-Gothic architecture in the United States.
The ballroom, a popular room for wedding receptions and corporate gala dinners, was designed in an Elizabethan architectural style and features one of the few floating ballroom floors in the city. A slight spring can be felt with every step, perfect for dancing. The tall ceilings feature hand painted noise dampening panels with the height of the room being anchored to a mammoth 200 LED chandelier, weighing 2,500 lbs.
The Grand Hall
Grand is an understatement. The light colored, mostly white, interior of the Grand Hall is stunning. Wood carved columns border the room and white marble floor is laid throughout. Bordering the upper level is the mezzanine, which provides added event space perfect for cocktail hours, silent auctions and additional event seating.
One of the most iconic spaces within the venue is the 1,100 seat theatre featuring a full-production stage with lighting, backdrops, and spotlights. It is most often used for member-events, productions, and wedding ceremonies. Seating is row after row of dark wood carved seating dressed in red velvet. Our team instantly fell in love with the magnitude of possibilities with this space for all styles of events.
The Tiler’s Room
Located off Meridian Street is the Scottish Rite Cathedral’s main entrance which opens into the Tiler’s Room. A perfect cube of 33 feet, the room features hand-painted plaster, Italian travertine marble, hand-carved wood, and windows containing emblems found in Masonry. The floor is a unique reproduction of the floor in the Inner Chamber of King Solomon’s Temple. While the perfect location for intimate seated dinners, the space is wonderful for standing receptions and wedding ceremonies as well. The symbolism in all of the space’s unique details add to the historic value of this one-of-a-kind location.
Scottish Rite Cathedral Events
Our team is eager to begin planning events at this downtown Indianapolis venue! Kahn’s Catering will begin catering all events occurring at the Scottish Rite Cathedral after July 2, 2018, and are actively working with the team at Scottish Rite Cathedral to schedule tours and answer your questions. Feel welcomed to reach out to us! We look forward to serving you at your next event!