Views from a Sunday constitutional. (Slide show, 2/3)
Masonic Hall (8) is a two-part commercial building with corresponding entrances on two separate streets. Inside, it's a bit like Disneyland-meets-Midwestern-housewife interior decoration: multiple theme rooms, from "Colonial" to "Ionic" to "Medieval", etc. (All the columnar orders are represented; no Tomorrowland or Tiki Room, alas). The tour, unfortunately, was oft derailed by argumentative attendees set on debating Masonic conspiracy theories, so I can't tell you who painted the frescoes in the Renaissance Room, or much else, except: those small figures in the Medieval Room are not cherubs, madam, they're called grotesques, also you're using the term wrong, and you've wasted everyone's time.
Headquarters for the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York (Masonic Hall)
H.P. Knowles, 1912; Renovations, Felix Chavez, 1988
71 West 23rd Street, Manhattan
◾◾◾ [Solomon's temple column and pipe organ (detail), Empire Room; Medieval Room East "window"; doorknocker, Chapter Room; staircase and laylight; sky ceiling, Arithmetic, Grammar, and Apollo, Renaissance Room.]
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