The New Masonic Temple, Boston
Wiliam D. Stratton, 1865.
Original print. Color lithograph. Measures 20" x 25"
This rare lithograph of Boston's Masonic Temple, on the corner of Boylston and Tremont Streets, was published in 1865 by William D. Stratton and issued by Buffords' Print Publishing House. The print depicts the proposed masonic temple, designed by artist and architect Merrill G. Wheelock. After Wheelock fell ill, the design was completed by architect George Meacham, and the building was dedicated in 1867. The site continues to serve as a Masonic Lodge today, known as the "Grand Lodge of Massachusetts." This print is in need of restoration, with a damp stains to right margin, and closed tears and wear at edges. Paper is evenly toned, and lower margin is slightly cropped, but paper is stable. Beautifully printed. John Henry Bufford (1810-1870), who was trained as a lithographer in Boston. Bufford worked in New York City, where he took commissions from other publishers such as Nathaniel Currier.