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Property Name Kismet Temple
Reference Number 13000909
State New York
County Kings
Town Brooklyn
Street Address 92 Herkimer Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/11/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Social History
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000909.pdf
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The Kismet Temple is significant under National Register criterion A in the area of Social History for its association with the early history and development of the Freemason Shriners (The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine) in the United States. It is thought to be the oldest Shriners' mosque still intact and the first in New York City. In 1909 ground was broken for the temple, which was to be the new headquarters of the Brooklyn Shriners. The New York Times hailed the new building as the "most important building operations in Brooklyn" and "the finest shrine building in the country." The Kismet Temple is also significant under National Register criterion C in the area of Architecture as a building embodying the distinctive characteristics of the Moorish Revival style, stemming from nineteenth-century orientalism, and as an example of architect Richard Short's best work. Short was also a Noble of the Kismet Temple.

 

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