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At a meeting in March, 1903, a group of members of the Lodge of Perfection and the Chapter of Rose Croix met in their hall on Commerce Street and organized “The Dallas Scottish Rite Cathedral Association.” At that meeting, the first official board was selected consisting of the following officers and directors: Sam P. Cochran, President; Henry G. Schnelle, Vice-President; Mike H. Thomas, Treasurer; John Spellman, Secretary; and Ben Irelson, Andrew V. Nogueira, and Louis Blaylock, Directors.
On June 16, 1903, Articles of Incorporation were granted to the Cathedral Association, composed of 64 charter members. Two years later in the month of June, contracts were let for the construction of the Cathedral on its present site.
At the close of the fifth Reunion, Thursday, April 19, 1906, ground was broken for the new building. Brother Cochran, in the presence of officials, visitors and members of the Class, turned the first shovelful of earth. After a number of short talks other Brethren and the candidates in the Class each turned a spade of earth.
On the last day of the seventh Reunion, Thursday, April 21, 1907, the cornerstone was laid by the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Texas, J. P. Bell, assisted by other Grand Lodge officers. Numerous mementos were placed in the box, fitted into the “Northeast Corner.”
From that day, work on the building moved steadily apace, and before its completion some significant events took place within its walls. In November, 1908, the first Reunion was held in the building; on March 22, 1909, a life-size portrait of Brother Cochran was unveiled; in November, 1911, a grand banquet was given in Honor of Sovereign Grand Commander James D. Richardson in the Crystal Ballroom of the Cathedral, which was used for the first time on this occasion.
This beautiful edifice, like Solomon’s Temple of old, was seven years in building. “Begun in peace and completed in harmony,” it was dedicated April, 1913, at the close of the twenty-second Reunion. Through the years, it has gloriously served the purpose for which it was designed. It shall continue to do so.