Carrie Rengers

Scottish Rite Center sells for the first time since 1898

The Scottish Rite Temple at First and Topeka.
The Scottish Rite Temple at First and Topeka. The Wichita Eagle
UPDATED — For the first time since 1898, the Scottish Rite Center downtown has sold.

Arkansas-based Beaty Capital Group formed BCG Historic Wichita to buy the building at the northwest corner of First and Topeka. Beaty, with its affiliate, TempleLive Wichita, plans multiuse entertainment and events in the space and also is leasing a small space back to the Scottish Rite.

“We have a history with these historic structures across the country and every time we acquire a new historic building, we are always a bit overwhelmed with the enormous responsibility it places on us to step into, touch and become a part of the history of each community in which we operate,” president Lance Beaty said in a statement.

Carrie Rengers has been a reporter for almost three decades, including 16 years at The Wichita Eagle. Her Have You Heard? column of business scoops runs five days a week in The Eagle. If you have a tip, please e-mail or tweet her or call 316-268-6340.