Local Heart, Global Soul

January 26, 2020

Freemasons: And Wood Panelling?…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It was the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites), and I was visiting the ‘Freemason’s House’ in the Hague.

In the “Open Monumentendag” (Open Historic Places Day) booklet published for our city, there is a short blurb about each of the places that it is possible to visit.

This text is in both in English and Dutch, although I have to admit that the English text reads a little like it was run through Google Translate, especially if you can read the Dutch text and compare the two.

I have however written it out here and it reads: “Cultural Masonic Centre, Prins Frederik, Javastraat 2b.” “This villa from 1908, has been built in a historical building style for the furniture manufacturer Klaas Gerardus Pander.  The entrance has a historical natural stone frame with mouldings and a rose window. The original interior finishing at the entrance level is still in superb condition. The staircase is located in an English hall and has decorative wood panels and panelling. A fireplace with a seating area can also be admired here.

The ceilings of the en-suite rooms have murals painted on them. A painting is also hung above the beautiful fireplace. The rooms are decorated with wood panelling. The building now houses the management board of the Order of Freemasons under the Grand Orient of the Netherlands. The “Cultureel Maçonniek Centrum Prins Frederik (Prins Frederik Cultural Masonic Center (CMC) is also located here. The CMC is named after Prince Frederik der Nederlanden who was the grand master of the order for 65 years during the 19th Century

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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