Masonic Makeovers

Former temples reborn as event venues, hotels

The Renaissance Providence HotelThe grand 272-room Renaissance Providence (R.I.) Hotel opened this past May inside a former Masonic temple that sat empty for decades. It is the latest in a string of converted Masonic properties, including the 250-room Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue; the Tremont Grand in Baltimore, a meeting and event facility; and the Masonic, a theater and event venue in Detroit.

On deck: The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma has plans to build a new casino inside a Masonic temple in Kansas City, Kan.