How to Find Cool Masonic Places
Maybe you’re looking for a great Freemason-related locale while you travel. Or you’re a non-Mason who can’t go to a lodge meeting, but you still want to peer inside those mysterious buildings:
Freemason Hall (London): Freemason Hall is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England. Located at 60 Great Queen St., it contains a memorial to 3,225 Masons who died in World War I; a vast museum that includes items used by Freemasons to hold secret meetings while they were held as prisoners in World War I and World War II; a library; and a gift shop. The Grand Lodge Room is one the most spectacular in the world.
Be sure to hoist a pint at the Freemason Arms pub, and visit the two Masonic regalia stores across the street.
Rosslyn Chapel (Roslin, Scotland): Located in Roslin, Scotland, 6 miles south of Edinburgh’s Princes Street, the Rosslyn Chapel is an important site to Da Vinci Code fans, but very important to Freemasons, as well. It was built by the St. Clair family and contains much Templar and Masonic symbolism.
Grande Loge Nationale Française (Paris): The Grande Loge Nationale Française has a wonderful contemporary headquarters building that's very difficult to find at 12 rue Christine de Pisan. It’s so secret that most taxi drivers can’t seem to figure out where it is. Many Paris lodges meet in this building, along with their Grand Lodge.
George Washington Masonic Memorial (Alexandria, Virginia): Located atop Shooter’s Hill, this 333-foot-tall monument is both a memorial to the first president and America’s most famous Freemason, and a monument and museum of the Masonic fraternity in the United States. It includes a replica of George Washington’s Masonic lodge room
House of the Temple (Washington, D.C.): Located at 1733 16th St., NW, the House of the Temple is the headquarters of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Masonic Jurisdiction. The imposing sphinxes guarding the entrance make it look exactly like what the headquarters of a secret society is supposed to look like. It contains several museum displays and has the largest Masonic library in North America.
Grand Lodge of the State of New York (New York City): Located at 71 West 23rd St., the Grand Lodge of the State of New York is an extraordinary building, with a wide variety of beautiful lodge rooms.
Freemason’s Hall (Philadelphia): Located at 1 North Broad St., this hall is one of the most incredible Grand Lodge buildings in the world. Dedicated in 1873, it is based on Norman architecture. Its magnificent lodge rooms each have a different theme.
Masonic Temple (Detroit): Located at 500 Temple Ave. and opened in 1926, the Gothic-style Masonic Temple is unique among the world’s Masonic buildings. Containing more than 12 million cubic feet, it was designed to accommodate all of Detroit’s Blue Lodges and appendant bodies. The main theater holds 4,400 and is the premiere theatrical venue in Detroit today.