Reconstruction Awards: The Masonic Temple

The building team suspended a new eighth-floor mezzanine and added 18 9x15-foot windows to the north, south, and west façades.

November 16, 2016 |

The Masonic Temple’s original wood-clad steel trusses provide a striking accent to the top two floors of the office space. An eighth floor is suspended from the trusses via a clevis, outrigger, and rod detail. The office showcases tenant CBRE’s Workplace 360 approach, an address-free environment across several floors with no assigned offices or workstations. Courtesy Gensler / Ryan Gobuty.

At the time of its completion, in 1928, the eight-story Masonic Temple in Glendale, Calif., was the city’s second-tallest building. In 1997, the property was listed in the local Historic Registry but remained dormant for nearly three decades. When the community got wind that Caruso Affiliated, the building’s owner, was planning a major overhaul, the first inclination was to call for the temple to be restored to something resembling its original use.

Working with the city and the community, Caruso was able to secure approvals to convert the temple to office space for its primary tenant, CBRE. Those approvals limited the restorative scope of this project to the Art Deco exterior. The team suspended a new eighth-floor mezzanine and added 18 9x15-foot windows (more than 2,430 sf of glazed fenestration) to the north, south, and west façades.

The Building Team used the temple’s original wooden trusses to create a 26-foot-high workspace that opens up the top two floors.




Bronze Award Winner | Glendale, Calif.

Building Team: Gensler (submitting firm, architect); Caruso Affiliated (owner); Page & Turnbull and Spectra (historic preservation consultants); Structural Focus (SE); Davidovich & Associates (ME); WE O’Neil Construction (GC).

Details: 58,210 sf. Construction cost: $16.2 million. Construction time: April to December 2015. Delivery method: Design-bid-build.

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