Michigan’s Most Haunted: Detroit Masonic Temple

NOTE: Upon further research, it appears that George Mason did not leap to death from the roof of the Masonic, but instead died in bed at the age of 92 in 1948. In my defense, the story of Mason’s suicide has been reported by a number of news outlets!!

The Masonic Temple

The Masonic Temple, photo by kc Jacoby Photography

Halloween is fast approaching and the Awesome Mitten has a great post on the Ten Most Haunted Places in Michigan. We’ve visited a few of those places on Michigan in Pictures, but #4 on the list, The Masonic Temple in Detroit, was spooky, cool and new:

Built in 1912 by a wealthy gentleman named George D. Mason, the Detroit Masonic Temple has over 1,000 rooms, and several secret staircases, concealed passages, and hidden compartments in the floors. Mr. Mason went slightly overboard when financing the construction of the building, and eventually went bankrupt, whereupon his wife left him. Overwhelmingly depressed about his financial and personal circumstances, Mason jumped to his death from the roof of the temple. Security guards claim to see his ghost to this day, ascending the steps to the roof. The temple, abundant with cold spots, inexplicable shadows, and slamming doors, is known to intimidate visitors with the eerie feeling of being watched…

Read on for more and share any thoughts you have on these or other haunted Michigan places in the comments below!

The Detroit Masonic Temple is the largest masonic temple in the world, and you can get all kinds of pictures and history including some shots from construction on their website. The theater has its own site as well for events and this weekend they are going Beyond the Other Side.  One note about George Mason is that in addition to the masonic temple, he also designed several other Michigan buildings including the Detroit Yacht Club and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. See Historic Detroit for more.

While it may feel like the Ken Jacoby show with 2 appearances in just a week, his shot was the most brooding of the many interior and exterior photos of the temple in the Absolute Michigan pool. Check it out on black and see more in Ken’s The Masonic Temple slideshow.

More ghostly fun on Michigan in Pictures and also at absolutemichigan.com/ghost!

8 thoughts on “Michigan’s Most Haunted: Detroit Masonic Temple

  1. My visit to the Masonic temple was slow I was there for a concert and it took a long time for me to e seated. The line stretched around the block and the building was very scary. I would see dark shadows and I would see a security guard then he just vanishes. Weird!! Ik but I’m really starting to think this place is haunted. I’m going back to the Masonic temple for a concert today hopefully the business is better and the security guards don’t vanish!

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  2. Most of this article is made up and fanciful, it plays on the gullible mind. George Mason did not jump off the roof and he was 92 years old at the time of his death.

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  3. Open to paranormal investigations very interested plz let me know we would like to investigate. Thank you battle creek paranormal investigation Tarrie Frazier.

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  4. I moved into an apmt in pleasant it was a converted carrage house from the 1800s there were 3 old colonial housed in front of it 2 seemingly fine not eerie but the one vacant one gave me an uneasy feeling my first nite in the apartment while sleeping something whispered in my ear “there it is” I woke immediately and turned all lights on the house was unfurnished w the exception of a foldout couch and a tv that was delivered that day I rationalized it was crooks looking in the window at the tv and saying that but when I looked outside there were no tracks in the snow hmmmm later. I saw an apprrition of a girl in the hallway in 1800s attire we later found out the had brownies meetings there way back I never saw it again but my 100 lb Great Dane would alway go to this certain corner like she was looking at or communicating w someone one evening I awoke and there was something blurry between me and the light above the stove ( which I leave on to this day) this has happened twice since then 20 some years ago and jus recently I’ve been near death and clinically dead( heart sergery). I’ve felt presences over the years in places ( one in particulate at a antuiqe store in Greenville mi) that one seemed mean and scary we couldn’t leave fast enough we were on like the third floor there were rooms set up all period I looked at my girlfriend and she new exactly what I meant and heard bazar noises I recently lived on a farm in Va the whole place felt good w the exception of this one barn/ work shop it had a bad vibe a year and a half ago my brother died suddenly we took
    In his 4 year old grandson my girlfriend was fighting breast cancer at the time she adored him it was the first time I saw her smile in months they were on the way to school one day and a giant gray runaway horse blocked the drive and looked in the back window of the car right at the boy then the horse proceeded down the drive ( which was a half mile long) circled around me looked me in the eye and left never to be seen again a short while later the boy was in the front yard briefly and when we return he said ” poppa jus disappeared” my brother neither lived or died there but I know he was very fond of the place

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  5. Guys and gals, this story has been making its way around the Internet about the Detroit Masonic Temple, it is completely false. I am a temple historian and Docent (tour guide) and if you would like the true history of the Masonic temple I suggest you take a tour. They are free. Our Docents can give you the real story we are all members of the Masonic organization.

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