Mystery solved! It was musician Jack White behind the $142K donation that spared the Masonic Temple from Wayne County's annual tax auction. His motives go beyond simply having grown up in SW Detroit: Jack's mother used to work at the Masonic as an usher. It's being reported that Jack and his mother both had a "profound love" for the building's gothic architecture. To thank him for the donation, the temple's Cathedral Theatre is being renamed the Jack White Theatre.
· Someone Wired Wayne County $142K To Save Masonic Temple [Curbed]
· Jack White paid Masonic Temple back taxes [Freep]
· Jack White pays Detroit Masonic Temple's taxes [Mlive]