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Freemasons Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Holborn and Covent Garden, London

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Latitude: 51.5151 / 51°30'54"N

Longitude: -0.1211 / 0°7'16"W

OS Eastings: 530470

OS Northings: 181244

OS Grid: TQ304812

Mapcode National: GBR JC.Z2

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.V5BW

Entry Name: Freemasons Hall

Listing Date: 9 March 1982

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113218

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477667

Location: Camden, London, WC2B

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Holborn and Covent Garden

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Paul Covent Garden

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/105/680 (South East side)
09/03/82 Freemasons' Hall


Central headquarters of English Freemasonry. 1927-33. By HV
Ashley and Winton Newman, whose ingenious fitting of the plan
to the irregular polygonal site won them the commission as the
result of a competition. Steel frame construction faced with
Portland stone. Massive building in stripped Classical style.
Long facades (with slightly projecting entrance bays)
emphasised by string courses and heavy cornice above 1st
floor. 2 attics stepped above, culminating across the west
angle in the corner tower, which echoes the form of the Temple
entrance beneath, flanked by 2 giant fluted columns in antis.
This defines the diagonal axis along which the Temple itself
lies, as well as its associated processional access route.
Metal-framed windows. Decorative lamp brackets.
INTERIOR: principal halls, meeting rooms and staircases all
marble lined, richly detailed but austere neo-Grecian in
pattern. Set on diagonal axis. Grand entrance hall and museum
collection on ground floor. The principal rooms on the first
floor, with Grand Temple, Grand Officers' rooms, library and
reading room. Grand Temple of double height with gallery, dias
and organ. Walls lined with Ashburton and Botticino marbles,
surmounted by cove decorated with mosaics, coffered and
decorated ceiling. Bronze doors in neo-Egyptian style by
Walter and Donald Gilbert. Boardroom panelled in hardwood, and
with stained glass. Fine bronze and wrought-iron work
throughout the building.
HISTORICAL NOTE: built as the "Masonic Peace Memorial
Building" and a memorial to Freemasons killed in World War I.

Listing NGR: TQ3047081244

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 9 February 2017.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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