Some of you may have noticed a new building going up rapidly in Teh Joshenlands. (here.) Want a tour?
Note that the actual Lake Masonic Center doesn’t have burning zombies on its roof.
The door on the left is the former Excelsior Lodge office and currently the copy room.
The door over which it hangs is the fan room. Because of the way Minecraft works, I couldn’t include the custodial closet adjoining the fan room because the total floor space of said closet is less than one square meter.
The real Lake Masonic Center has a TV on the wall in the Lounge that I’ve represented with a painting. The glass blocks in the entry way represent the stained glass panels denoting each Masonic organization that meets in the building. Since they haven’t added stained glass to Minecraft yet, I used regular glass. The bookshelf is the Lodge library.
The cabinets are used by Ivanhoe Commandery to store their banquet supplies. The door goes to the furnace room. The pictures on the walls represent Ivanhoe’s Past Eminent Commanders.
The pictures on the wall here represent Lake Lodge’s Past Masters.
Along the left wall is the dishwashing line. The real Lake Lodge has two dishwashing stations, a pressure/steam washer, a drying sink, and a deep sink there. The back wall has a stove, a refrigerator, and a freezer. The right wall is cabinets and countertop. Dead center is a prep sink and more countertop space.
Just North of the kitchen. The furnace is actually dead center of the room IRL but in the interests of saving space, I move it to the back wall. The rest of the room is used for storage space by Damascus Lodge.
The asylum in Lake Masonic Center was renamed to the Excelsior Lodge #175 Memorial Lodge Room after Excelsior consolidated into Lake in 2009. (Lake formed as an offshoot of the much older Excelsior in 1922.)
All the pictures on the walls in the hallway represent the history of Ivanhoe Commandery.
Complete with mail slot. The real mail room also has a long wooden table in it. We use it to hold Masters’ Boards for investigating candidates to see if they’d be a good fit for Masonry.
IRL those windows look out onto Howard Avenue. Here, they look out onto the ocean.
IRL the Tiler’s Room is carpeted but I couldn’t be arsed to make 6 more light blue wool blocks. 😛 The Tiler’s Room is where the candidate is prepared for initiation. The door on the far wall is another restroom.
The Outer and Inner Doors have symbolic meaning in Masonic usage and ritual. In most lodges, the Inner Door is on the north side and the Outer Door is on the south side. Some temples (like West Allis Temple) have this reversed because of building design and are called “Left-Handed” and work a modified form of the ritual to accommodate this.
The paintings on the south wall represent the charters of the different organizations that meet here.
The Senior Warden’s station. The pillars are supposed to be brass but tree bark was the closest I could get. On top of them are mushrooms, representing globes. The brown one represents the terrestrial globe and the red speckled one represents the celestial globe. The painting is supposed to be George Washington’s Master Mason portrait. The chair on the left is the Junior Deacon’s place and the one on the right is the Counselor’s place. The switchplate is a striking plate used to sound an alarm during degree work. There are ones like it in the South, and East as well.
The checkerboard floor (“Mosaic Pavement” in Masonic usage) has special symbolic significance. The two half-blocks in front of the altar represent the padded kneeler that’s there IRL.
You guessed it – these also have special symbolic significance.
From left to right: The Senior Steward’s chair, Junior Warden’s station, and Junior Steward’s chair. I used redstone torches to represent the rods carried by the Deacons and Stewards. I also used them to represent the setting mauls used by the Wardens.
The chair on the left is the Senior Deacon’s place. The one on the right is the Chaplain’s place.
Brother Win Bodine passed away in 2009 after more than 30 years as Secretary of Lake Lodge. So the Secretary’s desk was dedicated to him. The painting behind the desk represents the portrait of the late Brother Win. Sort of appropriate, if a bit morbid, that it ended up being a skull.
In the Northeast corner of the room is the organ console. In the past, almost all lodges had a full-time organist. Now very few of them do.
The thing on the left is supposed to be a podium. The thing on the right is supposed to be a small table the Master can put notes, working tools, swords, etc. on.
IRL this room has a large concrete bank vault that used to contain the lodge archives. It contains nothing now due to flooding problems.
The sign above the East represents the blue neon Letter G in the real lodge room. The letter G has special significance in Masonry and it is lit at certain times during our ritual. The crosshatch pattern on the left represents a backlit panel where a translucent sign can be placed denoting the organization that’s meeting there. Blue Lodge Masonry uses the Square and Compasses.
This is the view the Master has when presiding over his lodge.
This is the view that I have in my current position as Senior Warden.
I’ve never been installed as Junior Warden of a lodge but I’ve filled in as one numerous times.
The sign says, “Thanks for visiting us!”