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Masonic Temple
1 North Broad Street
Center City
Philadelphia, Pa 19107
Cross Street: Cuthbert StreetStreet
Hours of Operation
Open Tuesday – Friday with tours 11 a.m. and 2 and 3 p.m. Open Sat (except July and August) with tours at 10 and 11 a.m. Call ahead to confirm.

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Ben Designed by architect James Windrim, the Masonic Temple was constructed over a period of five years – completed in 1873 – at the astonishingly sum of $1.6 million. The process of decorating the interior, performed mostly under the supervision of artist George Herzog, took nearly twenty years to complete. The Masonic Temple is the headquarters for the Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of Pennsylvania, and also serves as the meeting place for twenty-eight Philadelphia lodges. Freemasonry is the oldest continuously existing fraternal organization in the world.

The Temple is one of the more magnificent buildings in the city from the outside, its Norman cathedral-like exterior rising wondrously across the street from City Hall. But its interior architecture is amazing and varied. Oriental Hall, for instance, replicates part of the Alhambra, with its Moorish grille-like features. Gothic Hall has royal high-backed 19th Century hand-carved oak chairs and is a grand homage to the European Knights Templar.

  • What It Means To Be A Pennsylvania Mason
    This video discusses the age-old history of Freemasonry, how it came to Pennsylvania, qualifications for membership, and what it means to be a Brother in the Fraternity.
  • Position On Religion And Secrecy Issues
    Listen to a panel of religious and Masonic leaders discuss the numerous misconceptions about the Masonic Fraternity , the values of Freemasonry, and the important difference between "secrecy" and "confidentiality."
  • Responsibilities And Benefits Of Membership
    This program tells the story of Masonic Charity, and the rights and responsibilities of Pennsylvania Masons to participate in community service as a Masonic Way of Life.
  • Education: Our tradition was to wait for you to seek membership entirely of your own free will and accord. Today, however, we allow our members to selectively invite men of good character, who will be a credit to our Fraternity. But this doesn’t mean that you have to wait to be invited to join the Freemasons of Pennsylvania. Your interest is enough, if you meet the qualifications.
  • Gothic Hall
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