Jack White has saved Detroit's Masonic Temple. Detroit news station WXYZ reports that the mystery donor who paid off the temple's outstanding $142,000 tax bill is, in fact, White. According to the Detroit News, the payment posted on May 30, four days before yesterday's June 3 deadline.
According to WXYZ, when White learned that the structure-- the largest Masonic Temple in the world-- was in danger of foreclosure, he stepped in. Born and raised in Detroit, White has strong connections to the Masonic Temple, the station reports. His mother was an usher there when he was young, and he's played many shows there. Officials from the temple also say that White and his mom have a "profound love for the gothic structure."
“Jack’s donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it. Jack’s magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words,” Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran said in a statement.
Accordingly, the temple's Cathedral Theater will be renamed the Jack White Theater.