Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Little Rock Scottish Rite building

This is a post from my previous blog. It dates back to June 2009.

The Little Rock Scottish Rite building

I am attending some training courses down in Camp Robinson, Arkansas, just outside of Little Rock. The other night I had an occasion to visit Western Star Lodge #2, F&AM of Arkansas. I had no idea where I was going so I took a cab. The driver knew exactly where it was as it turned out he was a Brother. He entertained me with his knowledge of not only the Craft, but also the area. Once at my destination, I was awestruck by the sheer size of it.

The picture doesn't do it justice, but as you can tell, it runs the entire city block. After being investigated, I was gladly invited to join in the meeting, well, after a good dinner. Before the meeting started the Brothers took me on a tour of the building. They told me it belongs to Scottish Rite, but there are two Blue Lodge rooms in it. Here are the pictures:

The entrance of the building

Library

Fireplace with Albert Pike quote

Hallway

Dining Hall. There is a stained glass window in the left corner of this hall that I think is a great piece of art

Stained glass window

Close-ups

2nd floor hallway

Lodge of Perfection (I just wish I had time to get a close up of that window)

The Auditorium

The Eastern Chair of the Blue Lodge room
The meeting went well and I was introduced and welcomed by all the Brothers. After the meeting had concluded a few Brothers took me out to have a few beers. We talked more and they told me that the apartment complex across the street still has the same name it did when it was a hotel called "The Albert Pike". Apparently Albert Pike was a member of Western Star Lodge #2.

I enjoyed my time with them and will probably visit them again. Maybe I can get more tours of the building.

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