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Masonic Temple (Princess Playhouse)

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Princess Playhouse
1925–1928. 526 Main St. (northeast corner of S. Court Ave.)

This three-story, seven-bay, buff brick building was handsomely arranged to provide commercial space (including a movie theater) at street level, offices on the second floor, and lodge room on the third. Architecturally, the first floor acts as a podium for the second and third stories, where the five central bays are treated as the facade of a hexastylar Greek Doric temple. Faced in cream-colored terra-cotta, the “temple” has engaged, fluted, three-quarter columns that support a full entablature. The pediment, plastered onto a brick parapet, even has acroteria.

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Author: 
S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Masonic Temple (Princess Playhouse)", [Mt Hope, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-FY14.2.

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