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Regency Building

The mystery and tradition of the Masons are woven into the very foundation of the Regency Building. After two years of construction, the building was finished in 1909 and is thought to be the finest example of Scottish Rite temple architecture in the United States. Scottish Rite Masonry is one of the numerous branches of the Freemasons, a secret fraternal organization hundreds of years old. The architecture, designed to emphasize secrecy, gives the impression of alluring mystery. In 1961 the Grand Ballroom Level was leased out to the Regency Theatre and movies were shown here until the end of 1998. The Masons had the building until 1997, at which time the Regency Building took over the space as an event venue.

The street level floor, now called the Sutter Room, was a dining and drill hall and features stunning arched ceilings. The Grand Ballroom Level above, was used for public assembly and balls. With its 35 foot high ceiling, hardwood floor and large stage, the ballroom and banquet tradition continues. The Lodge, on the third level where secret meetings took place, is a classic example of Gothic architecture complimented by crimson walls, 30 hand painted backdrops dating from the 1910's and 20's and a functional 1909 pipe organ. The fourth level, which is still closed, housed the Masons club.

The venue is available for private engagements and can accommodate up to 2,000 people in the entire building.

Address / Phone
1290 Sutter Street
Ph. 415- 673-5716




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