The architectural form traditionally favored by the Masons in America during the first decades of this century was the classical Beaux-Arts temple. By the twenties an abstracted medievalism began to be used. The Dubuque temple approaches its medieval theme by way of a close look at the designs of Bertram G. Goodhue and others. Turrets, buttresses, rough masonry surfaces, and other picturesque medieval details are present, but equally apparent is the classical basis of the design, with a slight overlay of Art Deco details.
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