Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque
This building is one of Springfield's more unique landmarks. Built in 1923, it is not an Islamic mosque, but the home of the city's branch of the Shriners, a fraternal philanthropic society founded in 1872 in New York City. Named after a Sufi saint (Sufism is a branch of Islam), the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque has been southwest Missouri's main civic and cultural center ever since it was built. It was designed in the Moorish Revival style, which gives it its unique appearance. The upper level features a large auditorium that can seat over 4,000 people. The first floor features a room that can seat 1,300 and a museum. The building is used today for a variety of events such as concerts.
Backstory and Context
Soren, Noelle. "Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. September 9, 1982. https://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/82003137.pdf.
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