Museum of New Mexico Press


The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple

Freemasonry, Architecture, and Theatre

Wendy Waszut-Barrett, Editor
Jo Whaley, Editor

The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple, built in 1912, is a historic landmark and the home of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in New Mexico. The building—including its jewel box theater with original scenery collection—and its artifacts, represent a time capsule of Masonic culture and theatrical history. Essays examine the emergence of Freemasonry, key Masonic figures during New Mexico’s territorial period through statehood, and the architectural significance of the iconic pink building and Freemasons’ use of it to the present. Illustrated with contemporary and historical images, this book reveals the theatrical production of Masonic degrees and the artistic creation of the magnificent scenic backdrops. Today, many of the country’s Masonic buildings are being repurposed and their collections are being liquidated. Through the heroic efforts of its members, the Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple has been preserved, remaining under the stewardship of the Freemasons who share their building with the community.

Trim: 9.5" x 11"

Pages: 228

Illustrations: 90 color and 56 black-and-white photographs, 38 illustrations

New Mexico History


Southwest Architecture


Hardcover $39.95