Masonic Temple Building-Temple Theater

The Landmark Convention Center (historically known as the Masonic Temple Building, the Temple Theater, Helig's Theater, and John Hamrick's Temple Theater) in Tacoma, Washington, United States is located at 47 St. Helens Avenue. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. Ambrose J. Russell is credited as the architect of the meeting hall and theater. It is said to be in a Renaissance style and Late 19th and 20th Century Revival style, and said to have had its "period of significance" between 1925 and 1949.[2]

Masonic Temple Building-Temple Theater
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Masonic Temple Building
Masonic Temple Building-Temple Theater is located in Washington (state)
Masonic Temple Building-Temple Theater
Location47 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma, Washington
Coordinates47°15′43″N 122°26′39″W / 47.26194°N 122.44417°W / 47.26194; -122.44417Coordinates: 47°15′43″N 122°26′39″W / 47.26194°N 122.44417°W / 47.26194; -122.44417
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectRussell, Ambrose J.
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Renaissance
MPSMovie Theaters in Washington State MPS
NRHP reference #93000357[1]
Added to NRHPApril 29, 1993
The Landmark from a different angle

For many years the building served as a meeting hall for local area Masonic lodges. Today, no lodges meet in the building and it has been converted into a commercial catering and convention center.[3] On February 5, 2018, the convention center ownership decided to not host a meeting organized by the Department of the Interior, canceling it with less than 24 hours' notice due to "concern for public safety."


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ #93000357 National Register of Historic Places
  3. ^ Landmark Catering and Convention Center website