World's Fair Information Manual

Masonic Brotherhood Center
Judge Charles W. Froessel
Masonic Brotherhood Foundation, Inc.
16011 89th Street
Jamaica, New York
RE 9-5200
Mr. William Ottley
Capt. M. M. Witherspoon
Grand Lodge F. & A.M.
71 West 23rd Street
New York, New York, 10010
OR 5-3720
July 10, 1963
Block 21; Lot 29
International Area
25,258 sq. ft.
Chapman, Evans & Delehanty
161 East 42nd Street
New York, New York, 10017
TN 7-6300
Wm. L. Crow Construction Co.

SOURCE: 1964 World's Fair Information Manual

The theme of the Masonic Brotherhood Center is "Brotherhood, the Foundation of World Peace". Visitors enter the crescent shaped pavilion under a 60-foot high arch formed by the Square and Compass, which is the symbol of the fraternal order. The Center comprises an exhibition hall, a comfortable lounge room, rest rooms and an outside patio. All World's Fair visitors, whether Masons or not, are invited to the center; and a special welcome is extended to all veterans and members of the armed forces.

The exhibition hall is dominated by a model statue of George Washington in Masonic regalia, over 11 feet high, and created by the renowned sculptor Donald DeLue. To the rear of the statue are two dioramas, one depicting Washington and Lafayette at Valley Forge and the other showing Washington taking his oath of office in Federal Hall, New York City, as first president of the United States. The exhibits in the Pavilion center around the historic development of the Masonic order from the builders of Europe's cathedrals several centuries ago through pre-revolutionary Europe and America, the Revolutionary era in the colonies, early New York and the expansion west. Each display shows the impact of Masons on history. There is also an exhibit of the 112 seals of the recognized Grand Loges of the world and a huge map showing the wide range of Masonry throughout the world. Numerous exhibits show what Masons and Masonry have done in peace and in war.

The World's Fair souvenir issue of the Empire State Mason magazine was published on March 15, 1964.

Masonic Brotherhood Center

Source: NY World's Fair Publication For Those Who Produced the New York World's Fair 1964-1965

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