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Antioch Temple is a two story brick building constructed in 1954. The relatively unaltered building has unique architectural examples of the transition period between two modern architectural styles, Art Deco and Art Modern. The building has a square floor plan with a stepped front facade, fluted granite entry, limestone window trim, fluted aluminum awnings and a flat roof typical of the style. This assembly hall for the Shriners is located on the north east corner of Jefferson Street and East First Street in downtown Dayton, OH. It is adjacent to Memorial Hall and the Engineers Club of Dayton, both historic buildings that are listed on the National Register.

In the 1950's the Modern Movement began to make a significant impact on the local architectural scene with an eclectic mix of the architectural styles that made up the movement. Antioch Temple illustrates the transition between early modern styles such as Art Deco and the later modern styles such as the International Style. In its unaltered state Antioch Temple is an integral part of Dayton's architectural history. So significant, in fact, that it too has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

As members of the Antioch Shrine we want to continue our most noble purpose of helping children and in order to do this effectively it's also important that we continue to maintain, upgrade and preserve our wonderful facility. The Antioch Shrine has a long history in the Dayton area and our building has nearly 60 years in service. We need to continue to make upgrades and bring the facility to a standard that will allow us to continue to use the building as intended as well as making the facility available to the public as a venue for special events. Whether it be for our own use or for private and public activities.