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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.

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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—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-WH9.

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