Ming Opera House Consistory Shrine

15 N Jackson Street, Helena, MT

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Ming Opera House Consistory Shrine

View from the northwest

Photo taken by David Jones in September 2019

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"Masons have been a dynamic force in Montana since early territorial days, playing key roles in events that shaped the stateís history. Helena Masons first came together in 1865 for the funeral of Dr. L. Rodney Pococke, for whom Rodney Street was named. The fraternal organization has since been closely intertwined with the Helena community. The Masons acquired this former opera house in 1912. Built by John Ming in 1880 and renowned throughout the Pacific Northwest, the theater hosted such famous performers as Otis Skinner, Eddie Foy, Marie Dressler, and Katie Putnam. In 1915, noted Helena architects George Carsley and C. S. Haire redesigned the building in the exotic Egyptian Revival style. Under the Masonís care, the original handpainted 1880s scenery remains in occasional use, as does the spectacular $10,000 pipe organ they installed in the remodeled auditorium in 1915. This Helena landmark survives thanks to the stewardship of its owners and continues to serve as a meeting place for members of all the Masonic orders." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

Update Log 

  • September 20, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • August 9, 2019: Added by Richard Doody

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  • Richard Doody
  • David Jones