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Masonic Temple

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1890, Frank E. Edbrooke. 1950, W. Gordon Jamieson. 1985, renovation and addition, C. W. Fentress and Associates. 1614 Welton St. (at 16th St.) (NR)

As a secret order that used the symbols of the building art in its emblem and made a ritual of laying cornerstones, the Masons often commissioned fine architectural monuments. Frank Edbrooke, himself a Mason, clad this eclectic Romanesque Revival landmark in red-orange Manitou sandstone with a Pikes Peak granite base. Corner towers are connected by a central arcade echoing the ground-floor arcade. The Welton Street entry is through a 15-foot-wide, elaborately carved Romanesque arch with engaged columns. After a 1984 fire, a new steel frame was erected within the buckled old walls and new stone from the original quarry was sculpted to resemble and replace the granite removed from the first two floors. With the addition of a hipped penthouse and interior rearrangements, the temple has been expanded from five to nine stories. In front of the recessed 16th Street entry, restoration architects erected a free-standing sandstone arch that reflects the round-arched openings in this otherwise chunky vernacular version of Romanesque Revival.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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