posted on Jun, 12 2012 @ 10:31 PM
Today I received a tour not just of a lodge, but of a regional Scottish Rite Cathedral. Very impressive. The place, in fact, is open to anyone to
tour from about 9am-2pm.
This particular ediface was built in the early-mid 20's, and is a Neo-Classical behemoth. Inside was a veritable palace of marble. I was shown the
Library, Ladies Sitting Room, Museum, Theater (seats about 2900), including the stage/backstage, and bowels of the theater. I was also shown the
Kitchen, Banquet Halls (two of them). Four local lodges meet there (three in the basement level), each with their own room, and I was shown each one.
One smelled of old cigar smoke from years past. The other another lodge meets in the upper reaches of the building, and was shown that as well.
Trying to take in all the opulent splendor, I didn't notice/recall the floors too much in the lodge rooms. I seem to recall all of them having the
checkerboard pattern, at least immediately around the Altar. This is in contrast to the small town bingo-hall lodge I visited last week - actually
their lodge floor seemed more impressive with other insignia and writings on the floor.
Despite being downtown in a large city, in an area where large numbers of homeless hit the streets after dark, I think the environs at this mighty
Temple of Freemasonry might be better suited to me than the modest lodge in the small town. I've been known to have ostentatious taste....
All kidding aside, the lodges that meet here have many more members than the lodge I visited last week, and I think I might integrate better with a
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