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Masonic Temple

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1931, Stone and Stone. 56 Piedmont Ave.

Designed by a Bristol firm of brothers active in the city from 1926 to 1931, the building has a first story of ashlar masonry below the two upper stories of beige brick. A canted corner is enlivened by a rectangular panel of recessed and projecting bricks and surmounted by a square recessed panel featuring a Masonic emblem carved in low relief. The off-center entrance bay is flanked by storefronts framed by reeded vertical bands topped with Art Deco motifs, and reeded pilasters on the austere upper stories conclude with feather-like similar motifs.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Masonic Temple", [Bristol, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 475-475.

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