Thanks to Squarespace for making this video possible; if you need an easy to build website go to Squarespace.com/properpeople to get 10% off your first purchase Right now we’re in the basement of an abandoned temple As we entered, the exact purpose of the building and its history were unknown to us but it would soon be revealed as we explored
We’re only just in the basement and it’s still like already really ornate It seems like there’s stuff in here, too. It’s not just cleared out These were filters for when a bunch of people smoked in here, it would filter out the smoke It’s literally called a smoke eater These are marble staircases….
that’s what these Oh stained glass even [inaudible] Wow, this is a fantastic building though.
This is just the lobby Even the radiator is detailed, that’s awesome “A Memory of Nobles” Recorder office to record meetings I guess So yeah, what do you know about this place? I don’t know any of that. I just know it looks cool as fuck Let’s go in here, we might find some
clues as to what this was Is this Hebrew, Bryan? No-
It’s not Hebrew?
That’s Arabic Oh yeah, it says “ancient Arabic order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine” So this literally all just sounds like cult like gibberish I mean I have no idea what this place was and if it was like actually called like [?] or something the Freemasons or whatever?
But listen to this, it just sounds like gibberish “The Edict of 13th July last prohibiting the communication of the order except under emerging conditions Which should alone warrant the issue of Dispensation for such purpose has aroused the officers of subordinate bodies to the importance of the ritual and accessories Until now there is not to my knowledge any temple in this jurisdiction Which is not fully equipped and in condition to render the ceremonial as prescribed by the statutes.”
That’s the first paragraph in this book I’m sure if I went on it would go even crazier So now we’ve learned that this temple belonged to an organization called the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine or “Shriners” for short it’s a Masonic body that’s been around since the late 1800s and was once seen as one of the most prestigious Organizations to be a part of
This receipt is literally dated 1912 Look at some of the calligraphy like on this piece of paper right here This bathroom is pretty creepy looking Just a bunch of trophies They added the drop ceiling over these windows that go up way more Hate it when places that just add drop ceiling and cover up shit like that Let’s go up a floor to see if there’s more offices.
Alright, I’m gonna go up the other side of you Well ‘guess there’s not more offices
This is the main attraction Wow look at that stained glass
That’s unbelievable It’s got the crescent moon symbol right in the middle and repeated many times actually around the edge Despite the presence of Arabic in the name of the organization, the Arabian architecture, and the crescent moon symbols throughout, the temple actually had nothing to do with Islam In fact, the Shriners were founded by New York City elites The middle-eastern decor was simply part of a theme they adopted after attending exclusive parties held by Iranian diplomats It’s a pretty textbook case of cultural appropriation, but it certainly resulted in the construction of beautiful and distinctive buildings such as this one So the floor up would just be like the projector and stuff There’s a lot of seating in here Shit there’s still clothes in here…wow It’s like what they would wear if they were gonna start… Their ceremonial garb This place is-
there’s a lot left Wow Backstage area
They had a dressing room More Christmas decorations… a full Christmas tree in those arches there are speakers They probably would have had actual musical instruments back here back in the day like a piano or an organ or something and Then in modern times they just replaced them with speakers We can go up there on those stairs I know, it’s a catwalk or something Want to go up on the catwalk? There’s a ladder to the roof We can go up this ladder and go up above the stage area Walking up here does not seem too safe, so we probably won’t Oh, now it got really dim What’s with these weird paper mache horses These big old stage lights Holy cow the echo is insane right here [various clicking noises as an example] Bryan you have to experience this, this is literally nuts Get in the dead center though, it’s craziest in the dead center Wow, that’s actually pretty crazy [Michael purposefully makes the floor squeak by moving his legs] Sounds like laser beams
[squeaking continues] Oh! I’d bet we can do the whispering corner in here You go in that corner You go in that corner. I go in that corner, and then we whisper up and we’ll be able to hear each other Let’s try it [whispering]
Alright, Bryan, can you hear me? Oh my god, I can
[general snickering and celebration] I can hear you like you’re right next to me I know, this is crazy Oh my god. It sounds like you’re right next to me.
I know what the… Psst, psst! Look behind you What?
[more giggling ensues] Yeah, so there’d be lighting and projectors up here probably those lights we saw in there What’s up there, the Attic? No…
Well, I mean yes, but even better Even better than the Attic Be super careful It’s pretty incredible Let’s go through this convenient hole in the curtain.
I don’t know probably just goes to the stage An exit
into backstage There’s still a backdrop up These are all dimmer switches
if only there was power in here a lot of curtain and lighting adjustments here These were all their lockers These were double door lockers It’s a big roll of toilet paper more than double this is also their locker in here That might be the oldest looking microwave. I’ve ever seen All right This is definitely way cooler than I thought it would be Yeah There’s a shit ton of stuff left inside
look at this Perfect
some are broken, but Most of them are intact
tons of them in here… teacups it’s unreal The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine is still alive and well today although They are now officially known as Shriners International You may be familiar with them from their network of hospitals called the Shriners Hospital for Children where they provide treatment to any child in need at little to no cost As for the temple itself it may see a new future the community appears very Interested in preserving the structure and sometime after the filming of our video the building was surveyed to determine the cost of restoration If you haven’t heard we have a handful of prints available on our shop website That is hosted by Squarespace Squarespace is an all-in-one easy to use platform that makes building any kind of website a breeze it makes advanced Functionality easy to use such as coupon codes and offering multiple shipping options It’s even possible to schedule when items are available For sale if you need to create a website, or just want to play with the platform sign up using the link squarespace.com Slash proper people for a 14-day free trial and 10% off your first purchase You