Frank Albo | Historian of Architecture

The Masonic Spire
Freemasonry and Nineteenth-Century British Architecture

Forthcoming new book

The Masonic Spire shows how Freemasonry directed and informed the Gothic Revival movement. It presents new observations and insights about one of the most dynamic episodes in the history of British architecture. The standard accounts of English architecture have not given sufficient attention to this prevailing, yet unexplored, Masonic impulse.

Mysterious, fashionable, and esteemed, Freemasonry enthralled the minds of the leading architects of the period. Uncovering a web of hidden interactions and beliefs lurking beneath the conventional history of the Gothic Revival, this unprecedented study offers the first penetrating account of how the reception of Masonic lore permeated and inspired British architecture.