Entrance to the Masonic Temple

Lori Deiter

Central PA, United States

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A beautiful doorway to the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Sharon and I only saw the outside…. but I understand we missed spectacular architecture on the inside (we’re going back ~ roadtrip!).

Construction of the Masonic Temple was completed in 1873 at an astonishing sum of $1.6 million. The interior decorating took nearly 20 years to complete.

The Temple is one of the more magnificent buildings in the city, its Norman cathedral-like exterior rising wondrously across the street from City Hall. But its interior architecture is amazing and varied. Oriental Hall, for instance, replicates part of the Alhambra, with its Moorish grille-like features. Gothic Hall has royal high-backed 19th Century hand-carved oak chairs and is a grand homage to the European Knights Templar.

The grand staircases are lined with stately paintings and the hallways are lined with many painted wood sculptures. The library/museum has artifacts like George Washington’s Masonic apron, which was embroidered by the wife of the Marquis de Lafayette.

Taken 1/29/11
Canon EOS 60D, 18-135 mm lens
HDR/Tonemapping in Photomatix Pro
3 exposures, -2, 0, +2

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