Murat Shrine Temple, Indianapolis (Marion)

This massive building, constructed in 1909, originally was the headquarters for the Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Indianapolis architect Oscar Bohlen created this Middle Eastern styled building with minarets, brick banding, towers, stained glass, and terra cotta. The interior is just as opulent as the exterior and is adorned with brass, marble, and terrazzo floors inland with mosaic. It also houses a 2000 seat theater.

Since the Shriners membership continued to grow, space became an issue. Rubush and Hunter were hired in 1922 to design an addition and managed to blend it with the original structure. Known as the Egyptian Room, this room was modeled after the tomb of King Tut. Yet another addition occurred in 1968. Though built of concrete, there is a large mural of three Arabian men crossing the desert which ties in to the Egyptian theme.

In 1995, several interested parties worked together to save the Murat Shrine Temple. A major renovation took place and the theater is now used for concerts and live performances.

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Murat Today

Murat Today

Known as the Old National Centre today, the Murat hosts a number of concerts, plays, comedy shows, and other forms of entertainment throughout the year. Image courtesy of the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology | Source: Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology View File Details Page

Murat Auditorium

Murat Auditorium

Interior View of the Murat Auditorium Image courtesy of Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology | Source: Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology View File Details Page

Street Address:

502 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Official Website:

http://www.oldnationalcentre.com/

Cite this Page:

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology , “Murat Shrine Temple, Indianapolis (Marion),” Discover Indiana, accessed March 24, 2017, http://indyhist.iupui.edu/items/show/168.
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