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During the bustle of the roaring 20’s an ambitious plan was unfolding. The members of The Scottish Rite Bodies of Alabama were nearing completion of their new and mystifying Temple. It was the talk of the town.  Nothing like this had been attempted. An architectural style liken to the pyramids of Egypt.

Renowned architect George Rodgers was commissioned by his fellow members to design a majestic structure to house their Grand Lodge.  It was an opportunity of a lifetime and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.  Mobilians, it seemed were racing to out build each other for the most fabulous structures.  Rodgers and the Scottish Rite were ready to unveil their plan that would change Mobile’s skyline as ever before.

Step back to 1900. Expeditions to Egypt are unearthing magnificent antiquities. The renowned explorer Howard Carter after years of research and multiple disappointments discovers the Karnak Temple at Lexor.  There is a rush of excitement around the world.

Holding lodge meetings in a recently purchased church the brothers contemplate the possibilities. Would they make such a bold move as a replica of this great Temple?  Could this Masonic organization, with roots as tradesmen, and builders of cathedrals consider such an endeavor?  The vote was taken; Georges Rodgers dream would become reality.

Built within the theme of the Temple are many elements from the Valley of the Kings. The Sphinx guarding the entrance as you move through the Gateway of the Valley of the Kings, slanted high walls depict the Karnak Temple, Obelisks Pylons, as well as many other common Egyptian elements, are displayed.

Upon the placement of the cornerstone this magical building has been embraced and marveled by all who see it. It reads “Erected to the service of God and humanity” where this great tradition continues today.