GLENDALE, CA—It’s January 1929. More than 2,500 masons and their guests are flocking into the first-floor auditorium of the Masonic Temple to attend a ball celebrating the opening of the nine-story white tower, the tallest building in Glendale. Eighty-seven years later, it is men and women—smart phones in hand—who are riding the building’s elevator to an open, glass-dominated office loft.

The Masonic Temple has seen several incarnations, from gathering place for Mason fraternity members, to housing the Fred Astaire dance studio in the 1950s, the Sopwith Camel nightclub in the seventies, a cinema and a classical repertory theater called “A Noise Within” to being the newest office in L.A. County for real estate giant CBRE Group Inc.

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