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Murat Shrine

Old National Centre
Murat Shrine
Address 502 N. New Jersey St.
Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
Coordinates
Owner Murat Shriners of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
Operator House of Blues
Capacity 2,600 (Murat Theatre)
1,800 (Egyptian Room)
600 (Corinthian Hall)
Current use music venue
Construction
Opened 1909
Architect Oscar D. Bohlen
Website
.comoldnationalcentre

The Murat Shrine, now officially known as Old National Centre and originally known as the Murat Temple and Murat Centre, is an entertainment venue in Indianapolis, Indiana, owned by the Murat Shriners of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. It is the oldest stage house in downtown Indianapolis that is still standing, the only Shrine temple in the world with a French-originating name, and the largest Shrine temple in North America.[1][2]

History

In 1882, five Freemasons decided they wished to see a Shrine organization in Indianapolis. They joined the Shrine Temple at John T. Brush, who served as such from 1884 to 1897. Lew Wallace and Thomas Taggart were among their first Ceremonial Class, held in 1885. By the end of the first year, there were 105 members. The Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite gave them the Townsley and Wiggans "Pork House" for their meetings.[1][3]

The Murat Temple was built in 1909 by the William P. Jungclaus Company using the designs of Murat Shriner Oscar D. Bohlen, with Middle Eastern and Egyptian stylings that were fitting for a building intended for Shriners. Its namesake is the Nubian Desert oasis Bir Murat, which was named for the Frenchman Joachim Murat, who was one of Napoleon's generals in his Egyptian campaign.[1][3]

The Murat Shrine gave the Indianapolis Zoo its first camel and established the 500 Festival Parade.

The Murat Shrine is mostly known by the people of Indianapolis for its theater, which was built in 1910. In its early days it featured Broadway plays and even a 1932 speech by Winston Churchill. Between 1948 and 1963, it was the only road show venue in Indianapolis. Before Clowes Memorial Hall opened in 1963, it was the home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; the Orchestra only survived the Great Depression due to the nominal fee the Temple charged the Orchestra for using the theatre. The orchestra made recordings with Fabien Sevitzky in the theater for RCA Victor between 1941 and 1953. The Indianapolis Opera Company briefly used the facility during the 1980s.

In 1984, the Murat Shriners had the second largest membership of all Shrine temples in the world. In 1988, a fire broke out in the 1968 addition, injuring 15 firefighters when a portion of the addition collapsed. However, there was relatively little damage to the structure.[1]

On April 13, 2000, Murat Shrine hosted a famous wrestling match with a card scheduled by Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). Days before, ECW World champion, Mike Awesome, left ECW to join rival World Championship Wrestling (WCW). After various legal maneuvers, Awesome agreed to lose his title in Indianapolis. ECW owner Paul Heyman asked the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) to borrow Tazz, who once wrestled in ECW, to defeat Awesome for the title. The WWF consented, and thus a WWF wrestler defeated a WCW wrestler for the ECW Title. This match was not promoted, due to being arranged last-minute, and few in attendance knew the match would take place.

Construction

Murat Centre, closeup from Southeast side

The building is themed after Islamic temples found in the Middle East and Egypt. Features of the building include stained-glass windows, terra cotta trim, minarets, and brown and yellow brick banding. A 208-foot (63 m) tall tower is at the southeast corner. An addition to the temple was designed to blend with the existing structure. The Egyptian-themed auditorium, added as part of the 1922 addition, had already been planned before the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, which coincided with the opening of the auditorium.[1]

Facilities

The main sections of Murat Shrine are the 1,800-seat concert hall and the 2,500-seat performing arts theater. Today, there are nine areas for hosting events. The largest is the Egyptian Room, which can hold 2,000 people for a standing cocktail reception. The smaller areas are the Corinthian Hall,the Corinthian Annex, the Corinthian Meeting Room, the Great Hall, the Crowne Room, and various lobby areas.[4][5]

See also

References

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External links

  • Official website
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