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Masonic Temple

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Hall for hire and home to Masons' meetings

Place Details

Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Fort Greene
Public Hall, Highlights in Central Brooklyn, Gathering Place

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This imposing early-20th century Classical Revival building was created as the home for the Brooklyn Masons. It continues to serve as the headquarters for the organization's Grand Council as well as a rental hall for community functions.

Completed in 1906, the Brooklyn Masonic Temple was designed by the architectural firm of Lord & Hewlett. It was modeled on King Solomon's Temple, which is important to the Masons because of the biblical reference to its construction by master stonemasons. The Brooklyn Temple's striking exterior and elaborate interior have remained largely intact since it was originally built. Its eight-story facade is notable for its classical columns and terra cotta designs. The interior retains its original hand-operated elevator as well its elaborate decoration. The building includes two massive gathering spaces--a lower auditorium that holds 280 people and is often used for banquets, and an upper hall that can hold 700 people. It is part of New York City's Fort Greene Historic District.

Historically, masonry grew

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Sources

New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Guide to New York City Landmarks. New York: John Wiley & Son, 2004.

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Popular rental facility for family celebrations and public affairs. It features old architecture and possible historic significance.


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