Note: This is part of a series in which I categorize a public figure as either a “Preservationist” or “Not a Preservationist.”
Back in July, singer Jack White (best known as half of the group, The White Stripes) made headlines for donating $142,000 to Detroit’s historic Masonic Temple, built in 1926. The huge structure contains 1,037 rooms including theaters, banquet halls, and ballrooms. White’s mother once worked as an usher at the Temple and he himself has performed on its stage. His donation saved the building from foreclosure due to unpaid taxes, ensuring that it could continue to host community events.
White’s preservation interests extend beyond beautiful old buildings; his $200,000 donation to the National Recording Preservation Foundation also made headlines this summer. White is a board member of the Foundation, which aims to preserve historically significant recordings available to the public.