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The Masonic Home for Children, built in 1924, is a two-story brick Italian Renaissance style institutional building located in a park-like setting on the outskirts of Alexandria. It was built by the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana Free & Accepted Masons “for the housing and care of our less fortunate children” and forms part of a campus-like complex.
The main (Home) building was constructed in 1924 and the Infirmary two years later. The two buildings were individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NR) in 1987. The Masonic Home has a symmetrical plan with a central entrance and a foyer that lead to a two-story common room in the rear, which the developer transformed to three studio-loft style units. The Home was renovated into 25 luxury apartments in total; with the Infirmary being renovated as a clubhouse/rental office.
The exterior surface of the building is a combination of buff and light brown rough brick laid up in the Flemish bond with cast cement accent details. The basic articulation is that of a French Baroque palace – i.e., a central entrance pavilion flanked by hyphen wings and end pavilions. The center is marked by monumental steps leading to a grand Serlian entrance with free-standing Ionic columns, Ionic pilasters, ornamental panels, and a crowning balustrade. This leads to a deep entrance vestibule where the Serlian motif is repeated. The façade was restored to its original appearance as closely as possible. A one-story ell on the rear of the building that was originally the kitchen, boiler room and storage area, has been retained and converted into apartments.
Most first and second floor windows have multi-light transoms, and were retained, cleaned and repaired to be “like-new” condition. First floor windows in the center section of the main elevation feature large lunettes with inset arches.
Mason Estates has painstakingly restored the historical Masonic Home and the Infirmary for our present day enjoyment. Come and visit and make your home here.
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