Knights of Pythias:  Architectural Details

The Knights of Pythias and Masonic Hall, designed by Longstaff and Black, is a substantial three-story brick masonry building with a basement and emulates the Richardsonian Romanesque Style.
The central feature of the ground story is a round-arched entry to upper floors, which are framed with rock-faced sandstone. Originally, it was flanked by two conventional shop fronts, which have since been remodeled. Transom lights have been covered and spandrels decorated with painted paneling. A marquee shelters new bay windows with Roman brick bulkheads, and is fronted by freestanding slender cast iron columns.
The upper story openings are grouped as wide outer bays, tripartite intermediate bays, and a central bay composed of narrow paired openings. Surface decoration includes sandstone lintels, recessed frieze panels, and faceted brick spandrel panels.
The fraternal orders housed in the building during Fairhaven's heyday are named on the central bay's sheet metal escutcheons. The corbel table, now missing, originally supported an elaborate sheet metal cornice and central crest with broken and scrolled pediment.
Photo courtesy Whatcom Museum Photo Archives
Architects Longstaff and Black

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