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August 1, 2007

Levant Preceptory Meeting

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The Levant Preceptory of Raper Commandery, Indiana's only medieval reenactment Masonic Knights Templar organization will hold a practice on Sunday, August 5th at 2:00PM on the 2nd floor of Indiana Freemasons' Hall, members, please bring all kit (helmets, maille, swords, etc) along with surcoat material.

Interested in joining us? See our website at http://www.levantpreceptory.com, or contact Sir Knight Jim Dillman

For updates, sign up for our Myspace list: http://groups.myspace.com/beauseant

August 6, 2007

[Indiana Freemason] Freemasons’ Hall: A New Vision

An article by IMTA Board Member Chris Hodapp, from the April 2007 issue of the Indiana Freemason Magazine. (PDF reader required.)


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August 7, 2007

Profile of the Temple from The Builder, September 1915

The text of this article was posted on Hiram's Forum within the last few days. It was thought that it would be nice to have the actual article, with pictures, posted on the IMTA website.

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August 8, 2007

Exterior Lighting Test A Success

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The rains stopped long enough on the evening of July 23rd for several members of the Temple Board to see a practical demonstration of the new exterior lighting project. In the shot above, it's easy to see how Freemasons' Hall is little more than an invisible silhouette on the city skyline.

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WOW!

This is just one shaft of light coming from just one compact, lightweight LED lighting fixture, set on the ground, as a demonstration. When really installed, these will be mounted above the cornice and the whole area between the columns will glow with light, making our Temple a truly impressive nighttime addition to the city.

But the best feature of all can't be seen in this photo. Each light fixture is made up of rows of high-intensity LEDs that can be computer controlled to achieve any color of the rainbow. The effect is truly amazing and when this project is completed, everyone in Indianapolis will know where Indiana Freemasons Hall is!

We will have the ability to change the color of the lighting with the press of a button. We will be able to display multiple colors at one time, and even to create a pattern effect with the lights switching to different colors alternately. Perhaps the most impressive thing of all is the vast amount of light emitted with only a minimum amount of electricity. When fully installed, the entire exterior of the building will be lit using less electricity than six 100 watt light bulbs! And most important for our future, the life span of these fixtures is estimated to be 20 years or more, with no bulbs ever to replace.

We hope to have the system installed by mid September. Watch the skies!

Summer Construction at Freemasons' Hall

The sounds of jackhammers, drills, saws and occasional broken water pipe are ringing through the Temple this summer, as many projects are underway.

On the ground floor, the Masonic Home Foundation is making a huge investment in the future of Freemasons' Hall and is undergoing a complete renovation of their office space. The former Grand Lodge Library room that had been used for many years as GL storage was outgrown, and GL records have been moved upstairs. The Home Foundation is expanding into this space and is creating a beautiful new conference room. When complete, the Foundation has offered to make the new, air conditioned meeting space available to other groups if it is not being used for their own meetings. Many thanks to the MHF for their confidence in the future of Indiana Freemasons' Hall! By the way, in case you're looking for the Foundation while the work is being done, they have set up temporary digs at the Scottish Rite Cathedral across the street.

On the second floor, the woefully inadequate rest rooms at the north end of the Banquet Hall are at last being enlarged and transformed into more modern facilities. New plumbing has been roughed in for completely redesigned, handicap-accessible men's and ladies rooms, and we are in the bidding stage now for contractors to finish them, using quality materials and decor that are in keeping with the period feel of the building. More news on this project as it happens.

As new organizations express interest in renting our building, it is vitally important that we bring our Temple into the modern age, with handicapped access for our members and visitors. In keeping with that goal, a new entrance is coming for the south side of the building. The crumbling stairs and obsolete wheelchair lift will soon be replaced by a new concrete ramp and stairs, covered by an awning. In addition, the parking lot on the south side of the Temple will be expanded as much as our limited property line will allow us - perhaps four new spaces. Final drawings have been made, and we are in the bidding process now. We anticipate construction to begin in September.

Work continues to place the Temple on the National List of Historic Places, which will open up a path to grants and other programs that will help us to restore the theater to its original glory, and much more.

Building security will soon be provided by an independent contractor, Securitas. This has been very successful at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, and we believe it is vital as more outside groups begin renting the building. Details will be provided soon to all organizations meeting in the building.

As lodges return to the building at the end of summer, many of the lodge rooms will be bathed in new light. We are slowly removing the light-blocking circular pans that were installed decades ago over the original lodge room light fixtures. These aluminum saucers made the lighting more indirect, but swallowed up more than 60% of the illumination. The difference is truly amazing. Many thanks to Brothers Steve Estle and Tim Brinkmeyer for this ongoing project.

Finally, in the coming weeks, we will share with you some of the VERY generous gifts to the Temple from some unexpected sources. For right now, we will simply say that the Board has been surprised by several incredible donations that have come literally out of the blue. Money is starting to come to us from the entire family of Indiana Freemasonry as more and more of our brethren and the appendant groups realize that the future is indeed bright at Indiana Freemasons' Hall.

- Chris Hodapp

Indiana Freemasons' Hall in Indy Paper

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Photo by Jim Walker/INTAKE

Indiana Freemasons' Hall was featured in a pictorial article in the August 2nd issue of INTAKE, a free newspaper published by the Indianapolis Star and distributed all around Indianapolis. Intake's self-described purpose is "written for GenXers by GenXers." The article can be seen by CLICKING HERE.

August 10, 2007

Honoring the Grand Commander

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Eminent Commander Sir Knight Phillip A. Garver, the Sir Knights of Raper Commandery #1, and the Ladies of the Social Order of the Beauceant #90 cordially invite all Sir Knights, brother Masons, and their Ladies to attend a dinner honoring Raper Commandery’s own Sir Knight Andrew R. Jackson in his quality as the Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Indiana. The dinner will be held on Friday, September 14 at 6:30 PM in the Damenverein Room of the Rathskeller restaurant. located at 401 E. Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN.

Cost: $30 per person

Dress: Semi-formal (jacket and tie for gentlemen)

RSVP: Not later than September 3, 2007

Reservations should include a check for payment of your meal and should be sent to:

Wayne Williams, Recorder
3901 Mistletoe Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46237

We have seating for a maximum of ninety guests, so please make your reservation promptly. We regret that we will not be able to accommodate anyone without a reservation. Alcoholic beverages will be available at the Rathskeller bar on a cash basis. For further information, contact Wayne Williams at 317-882-9278 or e-mail waynegwsr - at - aol - dot - com.

-- Jim Dillman

How Times Have Changed

In looking through the old minutes and reports of the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association, Wbros. Brindle and Dillman have discovered some fascinating statistics from its early days. These are from 1919.

41,266 banquet meals were served in the year 1919 at an average of fifty-four cents per plate ($7.00 in today's money).

1174 meetings were held in the temple in 1919.

There were 96 meetings in December of 1919 alone. Christmas parties and Feasts of St. John were very big. There were thirty-six banquets held that month. 5,764 meals were served at those thirty-six banquets, and there were eight additional punch services.

The Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association treasurer's total receipts in 1919 were $154,370. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $2,001,787 in today's dollars.

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