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Jul 25, 2013 - Masonry in the News    No Comments

Los Angeles Scottish Rite Building (Finally!) Sold

NoHollywoodMasonicTempleThe Scottish Rite Masonic Temple has been sold.  From the Los Angeles Times:

Bluejeans moguls Maurice and Paul Marciano have bought one of Los Angeles’ most notorious real estate white elephants, the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard, and they have plans to turn it into a private art museum.

The imposing marble-clad edifice, which has seen little use since 1994, will undergo a major renovation to house the Marcianos’ contemporary art collections. It will be operated for the most part as a private property, with occasional exhibitions open to the public.

There is plenty of room to work with — nearly 90,000 square feet — in the temple conceived by artist Millard Sheets, one of Southern California’s best-known designers.

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Jun 12, 2013 - Masonry in the News    No Comments

Paul Krekorian would like North Hollywood Masonic Temple to be Cultural Monument

NoHollywoodMasonicTempleNORTH HOLLYWOOD – The Masonic Temple in North Hollywood is up for consideration as the city’s newest cultural monument after Councilmember Paul Krekorian introduced a motion last week calling on officials to include the 64-year-old building in the city’s list of Historic-Cultural Monuments.

From the Motion received June 11:

The Masonic Temple, built in 1949 at 5122 Tujunga Ave., is “one of the few remaining examples of Exotic Revival architecture with elements of Mayan Revival and exhibits high quality of design.”

You can read the entire motion HERE.

If you support including the Masonic Temple on the city’s registry of historic buildings, email Councilmember Paul Krekorian here: councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org

Masonic Exhibit – Into the Light: the Story of Freemasonry

An exhibit at the Carlisle Museum’s Tullie House sheds some light on Freemasonry.

From The Guardian:

The origins of freemasonry are obscure. Although a 1730 book traced the organisation back to ancient Egypt, it is now thought most likely that it derives from 17th century guilds of master masons, which later became open to all professions.

The symbolism of the stonemason is still widespread in freemasonry, with set square and compasses frequently appearing on aprons and other ornaments, often with the addition of an “all-seeing” eye.

There are some 250,000 members of lodges affiliated to the United Grand Lodge of England. In Carlisle alone there are 14 lodges, typically with around 50 members.

The exhibit runs through July 7.

You can read the whole article HERE.

May 19, 2013 - Masonry in the News    No Comments

Freemasonry EXPOSED!

leukaemialymphomaresearchThe secret is out, and it was even penned by one of our own: Priory Gate Masonic Lodge.

From the article:

“In the wider world and popular press, Freemasonry has a reputation of being a secret society. Actually it’s not.

Secret societies don’t tend to throw black tie dinners and invite as many of their friends and families as they can find…nor do they tend to let out their Head Office as a film set. Those of you familiar with the BBC’s Spooks, might not know that the imposing front door of ‘Thames House’ is actually Freemasons Hall in Gt. Queen Street – a few hundred yards from the Eagle Street offices of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

However, the one thing that Freemasons do seem very good at keeping secret is the fact that the organisation is one of the UK largest single contributors to charity, second only to the National Lottery.”

You can read the whole article HERE.

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