The Presence of Structure

Masonic Building, Vallejo California

There is no doubt that this building is the boss.

This was built as a Masonic Temple in Vallejo at the end of the 19th century. It has the massive form and classic proportion of banks and government buildings. The sheer mass dominates the neighborhood of more modest edifices.

I particularly like the the tall arched windows that relieve what would otherwise be a stack of small windows on a field of bricks.

The details of the building are just cool. That is the only thing I can say about the comprehensive nature of the ornamentation of buildings like this.

There is no surface left unattended.

Inside, large spaces with hardwood floors just ooze with period elegance. That is for another post.

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