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Template:Freemasonry2 Masonic Temple is a name commonly given to the buildings where Freemasons hold their meetings.Template:Cn The term is used primarily in the United States; England more commonly uses the term Masonic Hall.Template:Cn Masonic Temple also refers to the interior room(s) which follow Masonic design rules in their design.Template:Cn
There are other names used for the meetingplace buildings. Masonic Lodge is also used as a name for a meetingplace building, although technically in Freemasonry a Masonic Lodge is supposed to refer to a chapter of the organization, not the building where they meet. Masonic Hall is a commonly used name, too.
Usage by FreemasonsEdit
In Freemasonry the term is becoming somewhat archaic. Today, the term Masonic Hall is more commonly used. This change in terminology has been inspired by public misconception that Masons conduct a form of religious worship in their "temples". They do not.
The term "Masonic Temple" is sometimes confused with the term "Masonic Lodge". Often misused (even by Masons themselves), the term "Masonic Lodge" technically refers to the group that is assembled (the people) while a "Masonic temple" refers to the place of assemblage (the building). That said, a Masonic temple may contain several "Lodge rooms" (meeting rooms) in which "Masonic Lodges" meet.
Usage by the general publicEdit
There are Masonic Temples in many towns and cities around the world. Many are buildings of historic significance. Some are small, containing no more than a single meeting room. Others are very large, containing several meeting rooms, as well as dining facilities, conference rooms, libraries, etc. Sometimes a Masonic temple is the property of one single Lodge. Sometimes several Lodges will jointly own the building. And sometimes the building is owned and managed by the Grand Lodge, who rent out meeting rooms to Lodges.
Several Masonic Temples were designed by notable architects, including Burnham & Root, Napoleon LeBrun, Osgood & Osgood, John Russell Pope, and John C. Austin.
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