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Memorial Masonic Grand Lodge Temple

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1948, Robert L. White, Thomas D. Broad, and Donald S. Nelson. 715 Columbus St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

Built on the highest elevation in Waco, the stylized Egyptian pylons of the Grand Lodge express the timelessness, importance, and mystery of this institution. As the first lodge in the new republic, many of Texas's early leaders were members as the lodge shifted locations before settling in Waco. The Moderne-influenced masses and low-relief sculptures were a generation out of date by 1948 but still convey an exoticism appropriate to the Masonic order. This building is the Grand Lodge of Texas and includes a library and archive. Tours of the building are held on a limited schedule.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Memorial Masonic Grand Lodge Temple", [Waco, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 123-124.

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