June 2, 2011
When I spoke to one second grader – who was fascinated by everything in the world, but couldn’t make it to Doors Open – about our visit to the Masonic Temple, his eyes lit up, and he asked “Do they carry around a sword for some reason?”
I responded that no, they don’t, he lost all interest and started mixing up Masons and Mormons. He also got very upset that we weren’t allowed to take photos inside the police station, which we had also visited that day. You see, he really wanted to have a look at the holding cells.
I don’t know how many of my readers have had the opportunity to see a Freemasonry Lodge from the inside. I want to show what I found interesting without any additional information, which I’m sure you can look up if you’re curious. I’ll just mention that, founded on October 23, 1925, the Prince of Wales Lodge № 630 brought together a preponderance of physicians, dentists, bankers, locomotive engineers and teachers living in and around the Toronto neighborhood now known as "The Junction".
As an artist, the thing that struck me the most was the multitude of shades of blue that filled the inside of this building. I’m not particularly preoccupied with symbolism. I’m more into the play of colour and light, which fell on the chessboard floor.
Another thing I’d like to mention is that the guides were very pleasant and welcoming, and ready to answer just about any question.