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Scottish Rite Cathedral

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1916, Frederic F. Faris. Northeast corner of 14th and Byron sts.

This huge fraternal building adds an almost regal presence to the fringes of downtown. Five stories tall, faced with cream-colored brick, it has a broad entablature that caps the threestory, three-bay frontispiece on 14th Street and continues around the building as a belt course. An enormous sculpted, double-headed eagle wearing a crown perches on the ledge above. The top seems a bit weak for such an otherwise strong composition, but an original rendering indicates that the lower stories and the eagle always garnered the most attention.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Scottish Rite Cathedral", [Wheeling, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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