The 4,000 members of the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago have a new home -- a $20 million, 61,000-square-foot facility in Bloomingdale that's part meeting space, part banquet hall and part museum.
The organization hosted a grand opening March 17 attended by about 300 people, enough to fill the building's performance theater, said Paul Scheeler of the Valley of Chicago.
Visitors watched a ceremonial dedication in which corn, oil and wine were poured over a model of King Solomon's temple, after which all Masonic buildings are modeled, Scheeler said.
They also got to browse the murals, mosaics and paintings throughout the building, especially its art museum and library.
"A lot of the works of art have moral themes," Scheeler said, emphasizing the Masonic virtues of brotherly love, relief and truth.