The El Jebel Shrine Center was created on November 3, 1858, when a goodly number of Masons met in a cabin on Cherry Creek in Denver to start the first Lodge of Freemasonry in Colorado. They contributed to the founding of the City of Denver and building of its character. Thirty years later, El Jebel Shrine Center received dispensation on December 1, 1887 and chartered June 25, 1888.
Since then, El Jebel Shriners have contributed color, spirit and a fine balance of fun and philanthropy to Denver, Colorado and the Fraternity. The El Jebel Shrine Shrine Center, located at 1770 Sherman Street, is a Moorish inspired building constructed in 1907 was designed by architects Harold and Viggio Baerrensen. Truly one of Denver’s time capsules, little has changed inside the building since the cornerstone was laid by the Ancient Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. It had never been a true mosque, in the Islamic sense.
In 1924, having outgrown the Sherman building, the Shriners sold it to the Scottish Rite Masons. With 5,500 Nobles, El Jebel purchased the defaulting Rocky Mountain Country Club with 193 acres at 50th and Vrain in Denver, Colorado. The Great Depression of 1929 took its toll on our Nobles and in 1936 El Jebel was forced to sell the golf course to the City of Denver to pay off the mortgage and retain the Shrine Center. This new Shrine Center was designed by William N. Bowman and T. Robert Wieger.By 2014, as members decreased, the 50th and Vrain Shrine Center was sold, and El Jebel bought a leasing building at its present location with the move beginning in September 2015.
The new address for the shrine is 3443 S. Galena St., Suite 100. Denver, Colorado 80231. The El Jebel Nobles now enjoy a debt free building that is producing income allowing the Nobles to conduct Shrine business and support our philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children. El Jebel has 38 active units and clubs with 18 committees supporting the Shrine Center. El Jebel maintains an active membership with the Central States Shrine Association.
Clubs and Units:
- Computer Club
- Cooler Nobles
- Dune Buggy Patrol
- Medical Staff
- Pipe Band
- RV Roamers
- Western Colorado Shrine Club