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Corrado Parducci @ Detroit’s Masonic Temple

Enjoy these 33 shots of interior works by Corrado Parducci at Detroit’s Masonic Temple, a supplement to our “Corrado Parducci: 300 Commissions” web-post, first published in January of 2018. Parducci works at Detroit’s Masonic Temple were rendered in wood, metal, stone and terra cotta, but most importantly, plaster. Our extensive investigations into Parducci’s creative processes lead us to believe that in the majority of cases, where the creation of his plaster works are concerned, at the Masonic Temple and elsewhere, a pattern was first created by Parducci, in person and on-site, and then duplicated to completion by other skilled artisans employed or sub-contracted by the construction company. Well documented exceptions exist, generally his most elaborate plasters, which were created in full solely by his hand, and we would suspect that tendency to have been no different here at the Masonic Temple. Can’t say with any certainty, though, exactly which of these many ornate works possess that distinction, as nearly all of them qualify as potential candidates. Regarding his work at the Masonic Temple, Parducci states in a 1975 interview with Smithsonian historian Dennis Barrie: “Now all the interior of the Masonic Temple…. I better talk about that to you because that’s kind of interesting. There are about a dozen large rooms, very large, you know, lodges, and every one is a different style. There’s a Greek and there’s a…. The ballroom is Renaissance, and there’s a cathedral in there which is Gothic, and then there’s some Tudor rooms, there’s an Egyptian room, and there’s the Doric room…. Now all these rooms are in the character and style of a particular period! And I had them all on my fingertips.”

We encourage our readers to keep in mind, as they peruse our album, the impressive breadth of craftsmen who contributed to Detroit’s Masonic Temple, both inside and out, and to be aware, that no matter how well documented Parducci’s work here may be, and no matter how strong the resemblance to other works of his, the possibility always exists, with nearly every piece, that it might’ve been created (or even co-created) by one of his many peers who’s works also adorn this megalithic icon of Detroit architecture. ~I♥DM

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Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.

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