Here’s another reason for Alec to love Jack White: According to the Detroit Free Press, the Third Man Records figurehead and Detroit native is the anonymous donor who paid off $142,000 in back taxes owed by the Detroit Masonic Temple, thus preventing its foreclosure.
White’s connection to the Temple stretches many years, as he’s performed there both as a solo artist and member of The White Stripes. What’s more, White’s mother worked there as an usher.
In light of the donation, the Masonic Temple Association has renamed its Cathedral Theater to the ‘Jack White Theater.’
Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran said in a statement, “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.”
Listen to a recording of The White Stripes performing “Hotel Yorba” at the Detroit Masonic Temple in 2005.