|The Ionic Order of architecture received its name from Ionia, where King Ion reigned in Asia Minor. Ionians were mostly Greek emigrants. Refinement and elegance are the characteristics of Ionic style. |
The pillars of this Hall, decorated in 1890, are finished in cream-tone ivory and their capitals are enriched with gold, vermilion and blue.
The wall panels contain full-length portraits of Right Worshipful Past Grand Masters: Joseph Eichbaum, Peter Fritz, Conrad B. Day, Peter Williamson, John Thomson, Robert Clark, William Barger, George E. Wagner, Michael Arnold, Henry W Williams, Richard Vaux, Robert A. Lamberton, and Clifford P. MacCalla. Otherwise the walls are a delicate blue.
The ceiling of Ionic Hall represents the blue vault of heaven. In the center blazes the midday sun, surrounded by the planetary and zodiacal signs. The twelve signs of the zodiac represent the twelve portions of the heavens through which the sun courses during the year. Inscribed clay Assyrian cylinders indicate an antiquity of at least four thousand years for these signs of the zodiac. The most ancient known depiction is on a fragment of a Chaldean planisphere in the British Museum inscribed with the names of the twelve months and their governing signs. Zodiac, derived from Greek zodion, means "little animal."
In Nineveh, the tenth month was sacred to the "star of the goat," Capricornus. The human race was supposed to have been created under the sign of Taurus, the bull. The Egyptians had this same twelve-fold division of the zodiac, and the Chinese indicated the yellow road of the sun by twelve cyclical animals. The zodiacal signs were distinctly recognized and characteristically employed by our precursors in the Craft, the operative masons of the Middle Ages in Europe.
I onic Hall is sixty-four feet long, forty-one feet wide and twenty-one feet high.