Musician Jack White saves Detroit Masonic Temple, paying off concert venue's $142K tax bill

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Detroit Masonic Temple has announced that musician Jack White is the anonymous person who stepped forward to pay off their $142,000 outstanding tax bill.

The revelation last month that an anonymous donor had paid off the mammoth tax bill, and saved the Masonic Temple from foreclosure, touched off a media firestorm.

In a news release announcing that White was the donor, Masonic Temple officials say he stepped forward because he had played numerous shows at the theater and because his mother was employed at the Masonic Temple as an usher while he was growing up.

The news release also says that both White and his mother share 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," said Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran in the news release announcing that it was White who donated the money that was used to pay off the tax bill.

Sobran added that the Masonic will be paying tribute to White and his donation: "in light of Jack's generosity and belief in the importance of a strong, vital Temple that should and will be available to future generations of Detroiters, the Masonic Temple Association will be naming, in Jack's honor, our Cathedral Theater, the ‘Jack White Theater.' 

The newly renamed Jack White Theater is a 27,878 square foot structure capable of seating 1,586 people. 

"We could not be more humbled to bestow this honor on Jack," Sobran added in his news release.

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