Historical Society and Kora Temple sponsoring shrine tour

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LEWISTON — The Androscoggin Historical Society and Kora Temple are hosting a tour of the Temple at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. This is an opportunity to learn about the historic building and the role it has played in the community.

Many people have been in the building for Kora suppers or for the Christmas Feztival of Trees. However, there may not have been opportunity to pay attention or to learn about the murals, the gold filigree and Tiffany chandeliers.

Kora Temple was organized in 1891 and met on Lisbon Street. The temple, designed by George M. Coombs, was built in 1908 in Moorish and Exotic Rival architectural styles. In the 1920s, Harry Cochrane of Monmouth painted the murals, which depict scenes from the Bible.

The tour is free, although donations will be accepted.

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FMI: 207-784-0586.

A post card view of Kora Temple shortly after its construction in 1908.

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