7 Responses to “The Meeting Room in the Severn Street Masonic Hall, Birmingham”
The original building was first constructed as a Synagogue, to serve the small Hebrew Community in Birmingham, as early as 1809. It had been part of the former Gooch Estates and was badly damaged in riots directed at non Anglicans in 1813.
It was rebuilt in 1827 by Richard Tutin and continued to be used as a Synagogue until 1857 when the Singers Hill Synagogue was built, it was then sold to the members of “Athol Lodge” and opened as a Masonic Hall in 1858 being the first and oldest established “Masonic Meeting Place” in Birmingham in the Masonic Province of Warwickshire.
The Dining Room and ante- rooms were added by Henry Nadan in 1871-74 and built by local Birmingham builder called Moffat. After the founding of the Jewish “Lodge of Israel” in 1874 the two Lodges shared the building when in 1891 the frontage to Severn Street was remodeled, redesigned and added to by Essex and Nicol Architects in the city and has remained little altered today.
The Lodge Room has fluted Greek Doric columns with pilaster responds to either side of the Worshipful Masters chair which previously housed the Hebrew Ark religious scrolls while in the Dining Room “Stars of David” adorn the ceiling cornices and together with five-sided Masonic stars on the two ornate fireplaces and magnificent gilt over mantle mirrors which allows the whole interior to resonate of the two original functions.
Severn Street Masonic Hall is of extreme importance to the architectural heritage of the city of Birmingham and has achieved a Grade 2 listing.
Great photo, Rhys. It looks a very colourful room and the information about the Masonic Hall is interesting.
The visit was very interesting and changed my view of Free Masons. They are very open about their aims and practices.
That’s different to what we usually hear about Masons – unless things have changed over time. They’ve always come across as very ‘hush-hush’. I’d like to know what they actually practise and believe (probably because I’m just nosy!).
Apparently there is s lot of information in the web. Their main aim is to raise money for charity.
Really? I can stop having sinister thoughts when I hear the word ‘Masons’ then. That’s an admirable aim. Good for them!
The only aspect you may dislike is that it is a totally male organisation. Our guide thinks that will have to change sooner or later.