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Washington DC was built to a Masonic design. However, I take that theory with a small pinch of salt as the ‘designs’ are just made up of points and with enough points any pattern can be made.
Designs like symbols have always been copied. To claim a design or symbol as belonging to Masonry only would be a mistake. There are however many symbols which are today generaly agreed upon as being Masonic. Tomorrow that might not be the case. I agree that you should always take such theories as the Washington DC one with a grain of salt. No doubt that if one looked hard enough you could find Masonic designs and symbols at Vaticain City.
Originally posted by 23spy
Sebatwerk - was the lodge with the rooms of different architectural orders that you visited either the Philidelphia or New York Grand Lodges as shown of Trinityman's links, or are there other lodges that also follow this pattern? Also, how does the second degree play its architectural influence?
Originally posted by lost in the midwest
Many Masonic historians claimed that one time Christ was the head of the Masons in England.