Jack White paid off the Detroit Masonic Temple's $142,000 outstanding tax bill last month. The money saved the music venue from foreclosure.
White's donation was anonymous, but the temple announced yesterday that the former White Stripes front-man was the person who paid off the theater's back tax bill. Jack White has performed there several times and his mother was an usher while Jack was growing up.
The Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran had kind words for Jack White and news of a name change:
"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. in light of Jack's generosity and belief in the importance of a strong, vital Temple that should and will be available to future generations of Detroiters, the Masonic Temple Association will be naming, in Jack's honor, our Cathedral Theater, the 'Jack White Theater.'"
The Cathedral Theater is one of the rooms at the Temple. It's a 1,586-seat theater. There is also a theatre which seats around 4,400, 17,500 square-foot drill hall, three auditoriums, and two grand ballrooms. It was built in 1922.
Jack White was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He's spent a lot of time preserving American culture. His record label, Third Man, has been re-issuing legendary blues albums and stuff from Memphis' Sun Records.