I'm sure by now you are familiar with the big brick structure at 116 South St. in Pittsfield, you know, the Masonic Temple.

The cornerstone of the lodge was laid in 1912 and remains one of eleven Masonic lodges in The Berkshires.

So what's the big secret? How come everything concerning The Masons is met with secrecy and wonder? In actuality, there is no secret. It's all over the internet.

Freemasonry, sometimes just called Masonry, is the world’s oldest and largest Fraternity. It aims to promote Friendship, Morality, and Brotherly Love among its members — men from every race, religion, opinion, and background — who are brought together as Brothers to develop and strengthen the bonds of friendship. There are more than 3 million members meeting in nearly every free country in the world. Freemasonry proposes to “make good men better” by teaching — with metaphors taken from geometry and architecture — about building values based on great universal truths. And of course, charity and community service is fundamental to Freemasonry and something we actively take part in. massfreemasonry.org

Slater had a chance to tour the building with Mason Roy Hoyt on Friday as they prep for their upcoming open house on Saturday, Oct.16.

TAKE A LOOK INSIDE PITTSFIELD'S MASONIC TEMPLE

THE KNIGHT'S TEMPLAR UNIFORM FROM THE '40s!

THIS DISCOBALL IN THE OLD BALLROOM IS FROM THE '20s!

THE FRONT ROOM IS NOW USED BY THE BOY SCOUTS, ETC.

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