Todd E. Creason, 33°
|Naval Lodge No. 4, Washington, D.C. (photo by Naval Lodge)|
Naval Lodge has a history going back to 1805, but in 1895 they opened their new building--and it is indeed a remarkable building. The Lodge is on the 4th floor, and to get there, you can take the winding staircase--the iron support for that staircase is a single piece of cast iron. Or you could take the tiny hand-operated elevator, which is believed to be the oldest operating elevator in Washington D.C.
|Naval Lodge "G" (photo by Naval Lodge)|
The room is massive in size, the ceiling of which towers two stories above. There is recessed section in the center of that ceiling that vaults to even loftier heights and features the starry decked heaven. There is an organ loft over the Senior Warden's station in the West that features a pipe organ. The small altar (small by comparison to the enormous space it sits in) rests on a black and white tile floor, and was hand crafted from a piece of marble by an Operative Mason that worked on the stonework of many of the buildings in the Washington D.C. area. Being from the Midwest, I'm used to seeing a Holy Bible on the altar, but Naval Lodge No. 4, due to its location, has always been a more international brotherhood. The Holy Bible was one of three volumes of the Sacred Law presented on the altar, which represented the diversity of religious beliefs by the members of that Lodge.
|Altar at Naval Lodge No. 4 (poor photography by Todd E. Creason)|
|Carpet Detail (photo by Todd E. Creason)|
|Midnight Freemasons Greg Knott (left) and Todd E. Creason (right) in the East|
By the time the meeting was finished, we all departed as good friends. We shook hands, we took photos, and we exchanged contact information--I've already heard from a few of our new friends. I'd like to thank the Brethren of LaFayette-Dupont Lodge No. 19 for making us feel so welcome, and sharing their evening with us.
One of the wonderful things about our Fraternity is that no matter where we may travel, it's never difficult to find a Brother.
Todd E. Creason, 33°, FMLR is the Founder of the Midnight Freemasons blog and is a regular contributor. He is the award winning author of several books and novels, including the Famous American Freemasons series. He is the author of the From Labor to Refreshment blog. He is the Worshipful Master of Homer Lodge No. 199 and a Past Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754, where is currently serves as Secretary. He is past Sovereign Master of the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees. He is a Fellow at the Missouri Lodge of Research. (FMLR) and a charter member of a new Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter U.D. You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org