The headquarters of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is located in McAlester, Oklahoma, USA. It houses in a magnificent building built FOR Rainbow girls BY Rainbow girls. The executive offices, the supply department, auditorium, trophy room, library, and reception room are located here. This beautiful edifice cost one-half million dollars and is a monument to a youth organization built on the principles of Love and Service. Laying of the cornerstone took place May 2, 1951. The building was completed and formally opened November 18, 1951.
An imposing entrance runs the full three-story height of the building, flanked on either side by half-circle wings composed of glass windows.
The official Rainbow emblem is directly above the entrance. The first floor has a foyer, library, reception room, a large kitchen, stock room, and boiler room. In the library hangs a beautiful oil painting of Rev. Sexson, which was presented to him by the Rainbow Girls of Texas. Also in the library, Rev. Sexson placed his own personal library, which contains many rare books. In the foyer there is a bronze bust of Rev. Sexson on a mahogany stand, a gift from the girls of all the states.
The office staff is located on the second floor, as well as the supply department. The entire third floor is devoted to a spacious auditorium, the House of Gold, for use of the members of the Supreme Body in their sessions. Fifty throne-style seats are installed here, and the room has a seating capacity of 300.
Dimensions of the building are 85 by 120 feet. Outside doors and windows are of aluminum and glass. The cream-colored face brick is offset by India limestone and granite trim. Inside partitions are of plaster with marble and walnut trim. Floors are terrazzo and asphalt tile. There is one passenger elevator and two dumbwaiter-type elevators.
“One By One” Program
The International Supreme Temple in McAlester, Oklahoma, is headquarters for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Built in 1951, with money raised by Rainbow Girls for Rainbow Girls, the building is in need of a new heating and air conditioning system, a very costly project. The Rainbow Girls have established a fund to raise money for this project. They are asking members of the Masonic Family help them with this project and make a difference.
We are asking for your help to maintain this beautiful building. Ask any of our girls and adults who visited it over the years about the wonderful feelings that you receive when you walk in the building, especially the Assembly Room. If every one affiliated with the Masonic Family would help by contributing at least one dollar ($1) to this project the Rainbow Girls would realize their goal of helping to preserve their Rainbow heritage for future members to enjoy. One by One this can be done.
Donations of five dollars ($5) or more will entitle you to receive a "Working Together - A Masonic Family” pin to wear to show your support of this project and our girls.