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Masonic Hall, Shenandoah Street, Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, WV



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B&W Photos

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Perspective View Of South (front)

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Interior Perspective (east) Showing Third Floor Barrel Vaulted Ceiling And Wall Mouldings

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Detailed Perspective (south) Second Floor Exterior Door And Exterior Balcony Iron Railing

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Southeast (front) Elevation With Scale

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Southeast (front) Elevation

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Southeast (front) Elevation With Scale

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Southeast (front) Elevation

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View From Southeast Of Street Front

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View From Southwest Of Southeast Street Front

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General View From Southwest

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View From South Southwest

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View From Second Floor Balcony Of John G

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Detail View From South Of Cast Iron Balcony Brackets

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First Floor Interior View From South Southeast Of 'wc'

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Second Floor Interior View From South Southwest Of Mechanical Room

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Second Floor Interior View From South Southwest Of South Southeast Room (front Transverse)

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Third Floor General View From East Northeast Room To West Southwest Front

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Third Floor Interior View From West

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Detail Of Roof Truss From East Northeast To West Southwest On South Southeast Side Of Third Floor

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Detail View Of Typical Window And Stone Wall, On Third Floor

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Detail View Of Typical Window And Stone Wall, On Third Floor, With Scale

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Third Floor Interior View From North Northwest To South Southeast In South Southwest Hall

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Attic Level Interior View From South Southwest Of King Post

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Attic Level Interior View From South Southwest Of King Post, Horizontal View


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Location
Shenandoah Street, Harpers%25252525252525252525252525252BFerry, WV

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS WV-279
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N246).
Significance: Like many earlier nineteenth-century structures in Harpers Ferry, the Masonic Hall Building was originally conceived by Philip Coons to house commercial stores on the first floor with dwelling quarters above. However, the Masonic Hall Building varies somewhat from this pattern. The first assembly hall of Charity Lodge #111, one of the earlier Masonic Lodges in the area which would become West Virginia, was destroyed in a fire in January 1845. Shortly thereafter, Coons, who was a member of Charity Lodge #111, agreed to allow the Masons to construct a new lodge room on the third floor of the building he had begun erecting the previous year. The third-floor assembly hall was most likely completed by the time of the Masons' first meeting there on November 22, 1845. Although the first two stories generally followed local building conventions, the third floor and roof constructions are unique among the town's surviving buildings. An elliptical vaulted ceiling was suspended from an elaborate king-post roof to create a large, virtually uninterrupted meeting room. The vaulted ceiling is particularly distinctive as it was constructed with salvaged timbers from "gundalows" which ran freight down the Shenandoah River. The third floor continued to function as the Masonic Hall for over a century until the building was deeded to the State of West Virginia in 1952.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF SOUTH (FRONT)
2. INTERIOR PERSPECTIVE (EAST) SHOWING THIRD FLOOR BARREL VAULTED CEILING AND WALL MOULDINGS
3. DETAILED PERSPECTIVE (SOUTH) SECOND FLOOR EXTERIOR DOOR AND EXTERIOR BALCONY IRON RAILING
4. SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION WITH SCALE
5. SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION
6. SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION WITH SCALE
7. SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION
8. VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST OF STREET FRONT
9. VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST OF SOUTHEAST STREET FRONT
10. GENERAL VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST
11. VIEW FROM SOUTH SOUTHWEST
12. VIEW FROM SECOND FLOOR BALCONY OF JOHN G. WILSON BUILDING TO MASONIC HALL
13. DETAIL VIEW FROM SOUTH OF CAST IRON BALCONY BRACKETS
14. FIRST FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF 'WC'
15. SECOND FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF MECHANICAL ROOM
16. SECOND FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF SOUTH SOUTHEAST ROOM (FRONT TRANSVERSE)
17. THIRD FLOOR GENERAL VIEW FROM EAST NORTHEAST ROOM TO WEST SOUTHWEST FRONT
18. THIRD FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM WEST
19. DETAIL OF ROOF TRUSS FROM EAST NORTHEAST TO WEST SOUTHWEST ON SOUTH SOUTHEAST SIDE OF THIRD FLOOR
20. DETAIL VIEW OF TYPICAL WINDOW AND STONE WALL, ON THIRD FLOOR
21. DETAIL VIEW OF TYPICAL WINDOW AND STONE WALL, ON THIRD FLOOR, WITH SCALE
22. THIRD FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM NORTH NORTHWEST TO SOUTH SOUTHEAST IN SOUTH SOUTHWEST HALL
23. ATTIC LEVEL INTERIOR VIEW FROM SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF KING POST
24. ATTIC LEVEL INTERIOR VIEW FROM SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF KING POST, HORIZONTAL VIEW


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