Built in 1921 by the Algeria Shrine, the Civic Center houses a spacious ballroom and auditorium.  A unique bastion of Moorish architecture, it was extensively damaged by Helena's devastating earthquake in 1935.  Unable to afford the repairs, the Shriners sold the building to the City of Helena after 14 years as a temple. Today, firefighters climb to the top and practice rapelling down the 175-foot spire.  The Center is presently used for community events.