Construction began on the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland on August 30, 1926, and by March 1927 all the steel framework was completed. The concrete was poured and the facing applied by May 14, 1927, and on June 11, 1927 the cornerstone was laid.
The most notable rooms in the building are the ballroom on the first floor and the auditorium on the fourth. The ballroom seats 800 people for a banquet and has a small stage. The auditorium was designed for presenting the ceremonies of the Scottish Rite in grand form. It seats 1,400 people and has a full sized stage with hundreds of backdrops and a pipe organ.