masonic hall of philadelphia

by Kenny H September. 09, 2014 4379 views

Proper name: “The Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania and Masonic Jurisdiction Thereunto Belonging”…

The Masonic Temple is a historic Masonic building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Located at 1 North Broad Street, directly across from Philadelphia City Hall, it serves as the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Free and Accepted Masons.

The Temple was designed in the medieval Norman style by James H. Windrim. The massive granite cornerstone, weighing ten tons, was leveled on St. John the Baptist's Day, June 24, 1868. The ceremonial gavel used on that day by Grand Master Richard Vaux was the same gavel used by President George Washington in leveling the cornerstone ceremonies of the nation's Capitol building in 1793.
The construction was completed five years later, in 1873.
The interior, designed by George Herzog, was begun in 1887 and took another fifteen years to finish.
The exterior stone of the building on Broad and Filbert Streets is Cape Ann Syenite from Syne in Upper Egypt.

Year 1868…
The horse and rider statue in the bottom of this photo is commemorative of Union Commander General John Fulton who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. Its still standing today.

Year 1911…

Front door of Temple.
This image credited to: Philadelphia Franklin Institute Science Museum.

I took this one today…the statue at the this end of the block was dedicated in 1894 to another Union Commander, General George B. McClellan, who fought in the Civil War.

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Don Baird 6 years ago

Great shots. Once again, thanks for the history. Do you give tours? If so, sign me up.

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Mikkal Noptek 6 years ago

Great report !!

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Jacki 6 years ago

Cool! It looks as if the little building on it's left is even still there! Are you going to turn in to one of those people who goes in to antique shops looking for old postcards?? My first husband was a restoration architect and we owned old postcard images of hundred of his projects.

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Antonio Gil 6 years ago

The masons there know how to impress. Usually, they are a fraternity much more reserved. Great info.

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G B 6 years ago

beautiful architecture!

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Marsha 6 years ago

What an interesting progression of shots....and information. Quite a structure - they don't make them like that anymore. Super post, Ken...!

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Dan Ravasio 6 years ago

great shots of our great city and history lesson Ken

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