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Hello Team:

Can anyone provide some information about the Masonic Temple in the corner of Fanin St and Bell St....???

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Hello Team:

Can anyone provide some information about the Masonic Temple in the corner of Fanin St and Bell St....???

quite interesting isn't it?

i love the detailing on that one.

i have found little info on that one and also

interested in any info since a few of our great

city's founders were masons, yes?

this was the only based houston site i found:

http://www.srmason-houston.org/

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I don't know when this was built, but it replaced an earlier Masonic Temple on Main that was destroyed in a fire. I have a picture of the old one.

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I don't know when this was built, but it replaced an earlier Masonic Temple on Main that was destroyed in a fire. I have a picture of the old one.

i read somewhere that the houston temple was damaged (not

totaled) by the 1900 storm. would that be the one that was

finally destroyed by fire?

would love to see the photo!

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i read somewhere that the houston temple was damaged (not

totaled) by the 1900 storm. would that be the one that was

finally destroyed by fire?

would love to see the photo!

I think so, but I'm not positive.

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quite interesting isn't it?

i love the detailing on that one.

i have found little info on that one and also

interested in any info since a few of our great

city's founders were masons, yes?

this was the only based houston site i found:

http://www.srmason-houston.org/

There's a Masonic Lodge locator at this link:

http://www.grandlodgeoftexas.org/l_locate.php

Here's a picture from the Holland Lodge in the Montrose Area:

holland3.jpg

By the way the building is for sale $15,000,000.00

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so it is probably this building from the 1912 main street fire?

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Edited by torvald

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Yep. That's the Binz building behind on the left, which puts the Masonic Temple at Main and Capitol (600 Block).

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It's The Masonic Lodge. It is the largest and oldest fraternity, descended from the medieval stone masons and architectural guilds who built the ancient cathedrals of Europe. Anyone of good repute who believes in a supreme being and is a man may join.

It is NOT a religion. It is a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. Most of the symbolism in Freemasonry is derived from architecture and construction as portrayed in the building of King Solomon's Temple.

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I remember a few years ago getting a rare tour (on the Galveston Historic Homes Tour) of the Masonic Temple in downtown Galveston. A big part of what goes on is theatrical presentations of important ideas or concepts in Freemasonry. It's kind of an oversimplification to say this but one of the steps for Masons to advance in degrees is by learning and participating in these small plays. The Galveston Temple includes a beautifully kept hemp house from the 20s with lots of sumptuously painted scenic drops.

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