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Khedive Temple

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1938–1939, Rudolph, Cooke and Van Leeuwen. 243 W. Freemason St.

This fanciful building was formerly the local headquarters of the Shriners' fraternal organization. The choice of the Islamic Revival idiom was consistent with the organization's usurpation of many aspects of Muslim iconography. The deeply recessed entrance at the center of the building is framed by colonnettes supporting a Florentine arch and flanked by buttresses with domical caps. Whimsical horseshoe arches are sprinkled across the remainder of the main facade, which is stepped back symmetrically to either side of the entrance in a vaguely Art Deco manner.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Khedive Temple", [Norfolk, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 424-424.

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