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Scottish Rite Masonic Center

Rental and Usage Policies

General Usage Policy
• To ensure the most enjoyable and memorable event possible, the client must sign a Usage Agreement form which must be accompanied by a $500 security deposit at the time of booking. If alcohol is being served the refundable security deposit is $1,000 (see Alcohol Policy below). The security deposit will be fully refunded within 30 days provided no damages to the facility have been assessed.
• The client is responsible for all individuals in attendance including guests and vendors.
The client is responsible to have a designated person(s) at the entrance(s) to prevent uninvited guests from entering the building. As a historic building, the Scottish Rite Masonic Center (SRMC) places a priority on the safety of its guests and the protection of its contents. As such, all vendors must be pre-approved.
• Inappropriate or dangerous behavior during the course of an event will cause the event to be immediately cancelled and the premises vacated.
• All items brought into the building for the event must be removed after the event. If any items are not removed they will become the property of the SRMC.
• Any lost and found personal items - i.e. jackets, sunglasses, chargers, phones - will be donated 1 week after the event ends.
• Please inform the SRMC of any special electrical or wiring needs for your event.
• All areas of the building are smoke-free.
• For the safety of your guests, all people must stay within the specifically rented areas.
• No open flames or pyrotechnics are permitted.
• Please provide a copy of the reception invitation (if applicable) to the SRMC in order to ensure adequate timing of security and event personnel.
• Scheduling of delivery and set-up of rental items must be pre-approved by the SRMC.
• All events must end at 11:00 p.m. All clients, guests, and catering staff must depart the property no later than 12:00 a.m.
• The client must provide the SRMC with complete details for the event and review the details of the event 10 days prior to the event.
• All decorations are subject to SRMC approval. No items may be taped, tacked, or adhered to the walls, ceiling, floor, or fixtures. The use of confetti (of any kind) is not allowed.

Alcohol Policy
• In addition to the Usage Agreement and security deposit, a Liquor Liability Agreement form must be signed by the client at the time of booking for events in which alcohol will be present.
• All guests must comply with all federal, state, and local laws concerning the consumption of intoxicating liquors.
•The client agrees to closely monitor the alcohol consumption of guests and to take immediate and appropriate action to safeguard guests and the SRMC.
• Approved security is required by the SRMC.
• Alcohol may not be served after 10:30 p.m.
• If broken bottles are found inside the building, in the garage, or the parking lot, a $25 fee will be assessed per bottle.

Cancellation Policy
All damage deposits will be forfeited to the SRMC if the signed contract is cancelled within 30 days prior to the scheduled event.


Our Location

The Scottish Rite Masonic Center is located at 14th Avenue and Grant Street in Denver, diagonally across from the Colorado State Capitol Building (southeast corner). Our mailing address is: 1370 Grant Street, Denver, Colorado 80203 (☛ View Google map)
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History of the Scottish Rite Masonic Center

In 1891 the Denver Scottish Rite raised $50,000 to purchase a church at 19th and Welton Streets, but the economic panic of 1893-94 cost many of the members their fortune and the heavily mortgaged building was lost to foreclosure. In 1909 the lots at East 14th Avenue and Grant Street were purchased, but construction was not authorized until 1922.

Prominent architect William Norman Bowman was selected to design the new home for the Denver Scottish Rite. After a hard childhood, Bowman, born in New York in 1868, had studied under Elijah E. Meyers, the architect who designed the Colorado Capitol. Bowman settled in Denver in 1910, originally living in an elaborate suburban home, the Yamecila at 325 King Street. He won numerous commissions to design such structures as the Mountain States Telephone building, Park Hill Methodist Church, the Colburn and Cosmopolitan hotels, and Cole and Beyers junior high schools. Our present building, now known as the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, was dedicated on May 14, 1925.
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Today, the building serves as not only the home of Scottish Rite Freemasonry for the Denver metropolitan area, but as a community resource. With a 500 seat auditorium, a 250 seat dining room, and numerous other meeting and conference rooms, our venue continues to be a popular venue for meetings by industry groups and community performances.

The Scottish Rite Masonic Center is proud to be a part of Colorado history, from its earliest period before there was even a city in the territory, to the present day. The distinctive architecture and history of the building creates a unique Denver landmark that can't be missed.

To learn more about the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, please visit ☛ denverconsistory.org