Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Normal, Illinois Temple to Face Wrecking Ball
Murdering Our Own Posterity Chapter MCMLVI...
The papers in Normal, Illinois are reporting that the Masons have sold their venerable downtown Temple to the city for $500,000. They cite interior steps as the reason their older members can't attend lodge anymore.
The 256 members pay $65 in dues, and the lodge secretary says it would be a hardship for older members to pay more.
That's less than 18¢ a day, or $5.42 a month.
It seems that selling their landmark building, designed by noted Illinois architect Arthur L. Pillsbury, and constructed lovingly by their forefathers was a better deal than raising their dues or asking for donations to add an elevator. It will be knocked down for a "mixed use" building.
No news on what modern, utilitarian edifice is planned by the lodge for the descendants of Hiram and Solomon's Builders.
Not picking on them. They're only the latest.