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Monday, June 09, 2008

A Masonic Cottage in Indianapolis?

I'm back from Montana, and had a fantastic time with brethren in Great Falls. I had every intention of reporting in regularly, but the graphics card in my venerable iBook fried, so it looks like there will be a new MacBook in my not too distant future. More about the trip later.

Today's Indianapolis Star had the following story:

Welcome to the 19th century.

That's the subliminal message one gets both outside and inside Jenny Elkins and Ed Angleton's "folk cottage," built in 1893 in the Cottage Home neighborhood.

Cottage Home is one of the city's least-known neighborhoods, but it has much the same feel as Lockerbie -- late Victorian cottages with lots of clapboard siding and decorative, three-dimensional fretwork on the outside, plus fanciful wood doors and trim inside, as well as characteristically tall, narrow windows throughout.

The home has a generous allotment of stained-glass panels and inserts, but also plenty of modern updates, as one might expect in a home that has spanned five or six generations.

"The builder was a Freemason from France," said Elkins, a local artist. "We have what we believe are Masonic symbols all over the house -- the stars, the moons, triangles and circles."

The Cottage Home neighborhood is just west of Tech High School on the Near Eastside, an area that gradually has been making a comeback in recent years.

Read the rest here.

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