colors and the four veils of Royal Arch Masonry that run the entire width of the room.
Two must-visit rooms on the tour are the
Hollender Room that prominently displays
a breathtaking statue of George Washington
by artist Bryan Baker. (The statue differs in
subtle but significant ways from the statue
in the National Masonic Memorial), and
the Grand Lodge Hall. The latter features
a Tiffany stained glass ceiling that was duplicated for the ballroom of the Titanic and is
lined with more than fifty-thousand sheets
of Dutch metal gold leaf.
The fourteenth floor of the Grand
Lodge of New York houses the Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library
and Museum (photo below). The Museum houses more than 50,000 Masonic
artifacts that span over three centuries and
maintains over three dozen display cases
throughout the building. Notable holdings include two letters written by George
Washington, a desk belonging to Norman
Vincent Peale, a Masonic apron and collar
worn by Spanish national hero Bro. Simon Bolivar, 32°. Bolivar
was one of South America’s greatest generals. His victories over
the Spanish won independence for Bolivia, Panama, Columbia,
Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela! Recently, the George Washington
Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA, has begun digitizing the Livingston Library and Museum collection and posting it online ( nymasoniclibrary.org/collections/artifact-catalog).
Currently, there are more than two-thousand scans of antique
Masonic aprons, patents, lecture slides, historical sketches, bylaws, and more.
The Library offers an excellent 17-course reading program
that focuses on Masonic philosophy and history. The 85-book
program allows members of the Grand Lodge of New York to
borrow the titles from
the library. Additionally,
the entire course is listed
any member of the Craft
who desires it!
Tours are conducted
Monday through Saturday between the hours
of 10:30 am and 2: 15 pm. Group tours may be scheduled by
special arrangement on Sunday and Holidays, by calling the
Masonic Hall Tours Committee (212–337–6602). The Library
and Museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:30
am–4:30 pm, and 12 pm– 8 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Gothic Room features a
beautiful stained-glass window in
the East, a starlight canopy, and
(inset) hand-carved gargoyles at
the base of the ceiling beams.
(Above) The Hollander Room and (right) the Chancellor Robert R.