Published Jun 04, 2013Detroit-born rock icon Jack White lent some support to his hometown recently by paying more than $142,000 in back taxes to help save the city's Masonic Temple. While the move had been made anonymously last week, the Detroit Free Press [via Rolling Stone] has now outed the rock star's generosity and added that the theater it houses will be renamed in his honour.
"Jack's donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it," Detroit Masonic Temple Association president Roger Sobran told the publication. "Jack's magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words."
For staving off the temple's foreclosure, the association has paid tribute to the former White Stripes leader by renaming its 1,586-capacity theatre the Jack White Theater. "We could not be more humbled to bestow this honor on Jack," Sobran added.
The building, which was constructed in the 1920s and is the world's largest Masonic Temple, apparently holds a lot of personal meaning to the Third Man troubadour. On top of having played the venue numerous times, his mother had worked there as an usher when White was growing up.