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Masonic Temple, Washington Lodge, F&AM

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1823–1824, Silas Harry; 1905; 1966, Buchart Horn. 74 S. 2nd St.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Freemasonry traveled west carrying threads of metropolitan design to rural areas. Though designed by a member of the lodge, the simple geometric frame of arches carried on columns in antis suggests roots in Maximilian Godefroy's work in Baltimore. The building was Victorianized after the Civil War probably at the time of the rear addition and was stuccoed over the original brick in 1902. That has since been removed and replaced with dreadful modern Colonial Revival brickwork that largely destroys the integrity of the design. The cubic mass across the street, which is crowned by a tower, houses city offices. Built in the 1830s and enlarged in the 1870s, it was significantly colonialized and further enlarged in the twentieth century.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Masonic Temple, Washington Lodge, F&AM", [Chambersburg, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 382-382.

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