Masonic Temple

No. Charles near Saratoga
Baltimore, MD

Year Built: ca. 1868

Sturgis & Brigham submitted a design for a Masonic temple but it was not selected. Upon visiting the construction site, Brigham writes,

“They have had much trouble. Mr. Coates got them into some serious difficulty, about which a lawsuit arose and judging from all accounts the affair and building are far from satisfactory. Lazing(?) and all prejudice and I think the building a decided failure for the purposes for which it was intended and it certainly is “characterless” enough. The 1st story is so low that the entrance is insignificant and the stores on either side worthless. The only means of egress for the two upper stories containing the lodge rooms are one very narrow stair case. I find our design is well remembered and often referred to—not to our discredit.”And later, “The Masonic Temple is a more wretched affair than I anticipated even.”

No plans are known to survive of this proposed design.


References

• Letters from Charles Brigham to John Hubbard Sturgis, November 10, 1868 and January 5, 1871, Sturgis Papers, Boston Athenaeum Library.

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