Why does George Washington adorn a Scottish Rite Temple?
Scottish Rite Freemasonry did not exist during President Washington’s lifetime. Scottish Rite was created by Albert Pike after the Civil War ended. Supreme marketer Albert Pike knew the power of images and he was skilled at creating powerful imagery. Powerful Masonic images of General Washington and General Pike played a big part in my decision to become a Freemason. As I am sure that these large than life men also played a role in quite a few other men becoming Masons.
Brother George Stands Eternally in the East
Here is Masonic Brother George Washington on the East side of the Temple on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, California. Brother George is depicted laying the cornerstone at the Capitol in Washington, D.D. in 1793.
Masons Are Master Image Makers
Freemasonry seduced me with images. Images of Brother George Washington in his Masonic apron. The famous Matthew Brady portrait of Scottish Rite Grand Commander Albert Pike in his 33rd Degree Jewel must now be cancelled. The Scottish Rite Temple on Wilshire mesmerized me my entire life. It gave me the impression that something really important was happening inside that spectacular building.
The Temple is now an art museum
In 2013 the Masons sold off this magnificent piece of architecture and now it is an art museum. I spent this beautiful Sunday morning on Wilshire Blvd. I started out at the La Brea Tar Pits and ended up shopping at the Ralphs on Museum Row. It feels like summer outside. Stay tuned for my La Brea Tar Pits blog coming up!
No windows, no parking, no relevance
Parking was a major problem for the Brothers when the temple was active. The well-heeled Hancock Park neighbors ran the Masons off. “Not in my backyard!” they cried. “Not in my front yard either” they redoubled.