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Park Road Masonic Hall

The new hall is of course a great advance in every way on the old, and is much more suited to the purposes of the order and to its membership in this part of the city. In order to build it, the Rosetta Masonic Hall Co Ltd, was formed, and today, when the hall will be dedicated, will mark the completion of the major part of their scheme. The company appointed as architects Messrs Ferguson & M’Ilveen, of Scottish Provident Buildings, Belfast, and the have planned a very compact and comfortable building. One of the features of this building is its good value, as the cost was kept to between £5,000 and £6,000. The front is a simple one, carried out in brick with terra- cotta dressings in the quoins and windows. Character is lent to the building by the fine portico over the front entrance. This has been carried out with terra- cotta columns, frieze, and cornice, and there is a dental course supporting the cornice. The space below the portico is laid with large black and white Durus tiles. The entrance door of pitch pine, is flanked by windows of leaded glass, with a leaded fanlight above. Over the portico a Masonic emblem has been set on the wall.

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The main doorway opens directly to an entrance hall measuring 16 ft by 15 ft. Opposite the doorway is a centre stairway of pitch pine leading to a first landing, with a large window of stained glass in the rear wall. This staircase is a fine feature of the hall, and not only looks well, but is very conveniently and usefully situated. It is flanked in the entrance hall by two columns, and there are pilasters to correspond on the walls at the side. The entrance hall is also laid with Durus black and white tiles, which give a very clean and fresh appearance and also help to add the air of spaciousness and to the prevailing brightness. The hall has a dado of pitch pine varnished, and this wood is used throughout the building. To the left is the large dining room, a fine apartment measuring 21 feet by 44 feet. It runs from front to back of the building, and is splendidly lighted by six large windows, and there are inlet and extract ventilators to assist the ventilation. The floor is laid with composition wood blocks that are of nice appearance and make for silent walking. At the rear end of the dining room is a service doorway with a short passage leading from the kitchen.

To the right of the entrance hall is the doorway of the cloakroom and lavatory accommodation. On the same side of the building is a smaller dinning room, 21 ft. by 18 ft. a very comfortable and well-lighted apartment. It adjoins the kitchen, which continues the building to the rear. The kitchen is laid with Durus tiles and measures 14ft. by 21 ft. It is equipped with cupboards, gas cookers, sink, and geyser and there is plenty of light and air. A doorway leads to the back of the hall, and close to it are a staff lavatory and the central heating chamber. Another door leading to the rear of the building, on the dining room side, will give access to club premises which it is hoped to build in future on the vacant ground behind the hall.

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Off the first landing is additional lavatory accommodation. On this landing the staircase divides in two to approach the main landing, off which is a large anteroom, fitted with lockers, leading to a large hall or lodge room. This is above the dinning room, and is the same size 21 by 44 feet. A fixed seat in pitch pine runs round the wall, and a feature is the fine pitch pine panelled ceiling in which are set ventilators. The walls have a dado of the same wood, and are finished with patent plaster above. On the other side of the hall, above the smaller dining room is a smaller lodge room, with anteroom. The lodge room measures 35 feet by 21 feet, and it is carried out in same style as the larger lodge room. On the same side of the building, to the front, is a committee room, 21 feet by 12 feet.

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