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Start of Construction Ceremonies 

Masonic Brotherhood Center 

Excerpts from transcription of remarks made by- 
Masonic and World's Fair officials at Starr of 
construction for the Masonic Center, New York 
World's Fair, August 20, 1963. 


The Masonic Center is a crescent-shaped structure 
fronted by a 60-foot arch formed by the square 
and compasses, the symbol of the fraternal order. 
Chapman, Evans and Delehanty are architects. 

DR. ROBERTO DE MENDOZA [Deputy Chief of 
Protocol]: Mr. Oserov, Judge Froessel, Mr. Constable, 
distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I have the 
honor to welcome you to the Start of Construction Cere- 
mony for the Masonic Brotherhood Foundation Pavilion 
at the New York World's Fair. The colors will now be 
presented by the Masonic War Veterans of the State of 
New York. 

We will now hear the invocation by Right Worshipful 
William F. Rosenblum, Grand Chaplain of the Free and 
Accepted Masons of the State of New York, and Rabbi 
of Temple Israel, New York City. 

BLUM, GRAND CHAPLAIN: As always before we 
begin our invocation, will you pause for a moment for 
your own meditation and prayer at this time. 

Father of us all and great Architect of the Universe, 
in gratitude do we before Thee stand this day, to dedicate 
to our land and all the world this place as witness of our 
trust; to manifest that Masons must serve the cause of 
faith and freedom for all ; to clearly proclaim that none 
be kept enthralled and none denied life's opportunities, 
that gone forever be inequalities that hold man and his 
neighbor separate, and that there exists no room among 
us for the blight of hate; to reaffirm a brotherhood in 
love symbolized by this shrine to be built with more than 
brick — with gifts of Thine more lasting even than steel 
— our faith in Thee and our devotion to democracy. 

Oh Lord, let from this building radiate a light of 
fellowship so strong, so great, that darkness anywhere 

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will no longer reign nor bigotry his head ever raise again, 
and mankind in the world soon find surcease from war 
and strife — instead be endowed with peace. Oh Lord, 
Thy benediction on us rest, and through us this nation 
and our world be blessed. Amen. 

DR. DE MENDOZA: The New York World's Fair 
Corporation is proud that the Grand Lodge of Free and 
Accepted Masons of the State of New York, acting for 
Masons everywhere, has joined with us through the 
Masonic Brotherhood Foundation to erect its own beauti- 
ful pavilion at the Fair. Our first speaker on this memo- 
rable occasion is a retired judge of the New York State 
Court of Appeals and a former Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State 
of New York. He is now vice president of the Masonic 
Brotherhood Foundation, and chairman of the Masonic 
World's Fair Commission. I have the honor to introduce 
Judge Charles W. Froessel. 

Dr. de Mendoza, Most Worshipful Grand Master, Most 
Worshipful Brother Ellis, Vice President Stuart Constable. 
Reverend Clergy, officers and members of the staff of the 
World's Fair Corporation, distinguished brethren and 

This is an historic occasion for the Masonic fraternity 
statewide and worldwide. We would like the world to 
know us better, and where is there a more fitting place to 
achieve that objective than on these grounds during the 

World's Fair. 

I have but a few observations to make. First, a welcome 

to you brethren and your friends who have assembled 
here on this warm, midsummer August day. We of the 
Foundation are heartened by the manifest enthusiasm of 
our craft which augurs well for the success of this great 
enterprise. Next, I wish to thank my good friend, Presi- 
dent Moses, for whom we have the very highest esteem 
for all that he has done for us — his kind and generous 
cooperation in facilitating our participation in this great 
enterprise, the willing and friendly assistance given by 
his fellow officers represented here today by the vice 
president of Operations, Mr. Constable, who has worked 
so closely with us, and Bill Ottley, who has been the 
liaison between us and the World's Fair and who has 
been most cooperative. To them and all the members of 
their staff, we are indeed deeply grateful. 

We have a splendid site on which we are about to 
erect a very beautiful building, the exterior fashioned in 
white and gold, approached by a bridge crossing a reflect- 
ing pool, and dominated by the square and compasses, 
embodying the letter "G" — five stories high — symbols 
of our craft that teach us brotherhood among mankind. 
Our exhibits in this building will tell the world what we 
stand for, and of our historic past. 

There are about 300,000 Masons in the State of New 
York, over four million in the United States of America, 
and at least six million around the world. We are inviting 
them to come to the World's Fair in 1964 and 1965, and 
to see our magnificent exhibit. I am confident a great 
many will. Our ticket sales campaign begins in our 1,062 
lodges immediately after Labor Day. We hope to be able 

to place our first order for 100,000 tickets next month, 
and should readily be able to do so if every Mason in this 
State does his part. 

My brethren, we have a mission here. Let us together 
consecrate every faculty to its complete fulfillment. 

DR. DE MENDOZA: Thank you, Judge Froessel, 
Before introducing the next speaker, I should like to pre- 
sent Mr. William Otcley, Director of Special Exhibits, 
who is specifically charged with making sure that the 
Masonic Pavilion will be one of which both the Fair and 
the Masons of the world will be proud. Now I have the 
great privilege to give you the vice president, Operations 
of the New York World's Fair Corporation, Mr. Stuart 

MR. STUART CONSTABLE: It was about a year ago 
that Judge Froessel and I first talked about this exhibit, at 
the suggestion of Mr. Moses, and since then things have 
proceeded to this happy occasion where we start construc- 
tion of this great fraternity's exhibit building on the Fair- 
grounds. I'm delighted to see all of you here. This is the 
largest crowd which I have seen at a groundbreaking cere- 
mony, evidence of your very real interest in your fraternity 
and the World's Fair. I welcome you all here and hope to 
welcome you here many times in 1964 and 1965. 

And it is now my pleasant duty to present the World's 
Fair's medal to Judge Froessel and to the Grand Master. 
Most Worshipful Harry Ostrov. 

DR. DE MENDOZA: Our next speaker is very well 
known to most of you. He is a distinguished lawyer and 
philanthropist who has been a member of the Masonic 

fraternity since 1927. A former Grand Treasurer and 
Deputy Grand Master, he is director of the New York 
Law School Alumni Association and has received many 
awards for his outstanding services rendered on behalf 
of humanity. It is my high honor to give you the Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons 
of the State of New York, Mr. Harry Ostrov. 

Mendoza. Judge Froessel, Most Worshipful Brother Ellis, 
Mr. Constable, Mr. Ottley, my colleagues in Grand Lodge, 
my brethren, ladies and guests. My heart is full this morn- 
ing with rejoicing that God has been so good to us that 
we are privileged to assemble on what is a truly historic 
occasion in the history of our Grand Lodge, in the history 
of our community, and we gather here for the purpose of 
starting the construction of an edifice which will be a 
beacon light to all of mankind, to the millions of men, 
women and children who will be privileged to attend the 
New York World's Fair in 1964 and 1965. 

Dreams are things that all of us have, and there is not 
a person among us who hasn't wished at one time or 
another that dreams would come true. Well, dreams do 
come true — not by wishing for them, but by working for 
them. When the New York World's Fair project was first 
announced, some of us dreamed that the Masonic fra- 
ternity might there be represented, so that the millions 
of peoples from all over the world, from every conceiv- 
able background and ever)- religious persuasion could 
come to the Fair and see what Masonry has done for 
mankind in the past, what it is doing now, and what it 

hopes to do in the future. 

Our fraternity is based upon one word — some call it 
"brotherhood." You will understand if I tell you that I 
refer to it this morning as "love" — love of God, love 
of country and love for the whole human family. As far 
as love of country is concerned, I venture to say that 
America would not be America were it not for those 
dedicated Masons, who from the very beginning of our 
history dedicated their lives, their fortunes and their 
sacred honor to build the foundations of this nation which 
has prospered beyond their wildest dreams. In the Halls 
of Congress, in the legislative bodies in each of our states, 
among the governors — everywhere you will find Masons 
prominent yesterday and today in serving their govern- 
ment and their country. 

We are proud of the contributions which Masons have 
made in every field of endeavor — whether it be in human 
relations, in government, in the arts, in the sciences. And 
we are proud of the many men in our national life in all 
of these spheres of activity who have been the recipients 
of our Distinguished Service award down through the 
years. They present a galaxy of service — to country, to 
God, to humanity — that can hardly be equalled by any 
other group of dedicated personalities. 

What are we doing at this beautiful structure that we 
are about to rear on this ground on which we stand ? We 
are building a structure that is going to be devoted to the 
prosperity of mankind, to a demonstration of the oneness 
of the human family, to promote brotherhood among man- 
ic ind. And we hope that brotherhood will be the founda- 

Mr. Stuart Constable, vice president in charge of Operations, 
New York World's Fair, presents the World's Fair medallion 
to Most Worshipful Harry Ostrov, Grand Master, at the 
ceremonies marking the groundbreaking for the Masonic 
Brotherhood Exhibit at the Fair. 

tion for world peace, a world where every man has an 
equal opportunity to develop his best self for the benefit 
not only of himself but for his fellow man. 

Each of us has a potential for good, for bettering the 
world and all those who dwell in it. And each of us 
should dedicate ourselves fully to the task of giving the 
very best that is in us towards reaching this goal. Our 
building is going to cost money. Aside from money, it's 
going to take the dedicated efforts of many, many of our 
brethren. As your Grand Master I feel greatly indebted 
to two of our past Grand Masters, both of whom are here 
today, without whose help it would hardly be possible for 
us to do what we are doing. 

One of those is Most Worshipful Brother Froessel who 
addressed you earlier, and is now chairman of the World's 
Fair Commission of our Masonic Grand Lodge. And the 
other is a vice chairman and chairman of our ticket sales 
committee, Most Worshipful Brother Ellis. There are 
others among us today whom I would like to present: our 
Grand Secretary, Right Worshipful Brother Wendell K. 
Walker; our Grand Treasurer, Right Worshipful Brother 
Walter Dobler; our Senior Grand Deacon, Right Wor- 
shipful Daniel Eidler. I saw Brother Proctor somewhere 
around; Right Worshipful Brother Frank Cucurullo. Then 
we have two distinguished Masons among us who are 
trustees of our Masonic Hall and Asylum Fund at Utica: 
Right Worshipful Brother Leslie C. Riggs, and Right 
Worshipful Brother Frank Staples. 

We have been most fortunate in the selection of our 

architects and our builder. Mr. Powell is here today, rep- 
resenting the firm of Chapman, Evans and Delehanry and 
Mr. Crow is here, of the William L. Crow Construction 
Company. These men have given us more than just their 
professional advice. They have given us their time, their 
energy, their thinking, and they have been of great assist- 
ance to us. 

Our building will be a beacon call to men of good will, 
whether they belong to our fraternity or not. We will wel- 
come veterans, past and present, and see that they are made 
welcome and comfortable at this Masonic Center. Any- 
one who wishes will be more than welcome to come and 
see what we stand for, to see what we have done in our 
craft and what we will do in the future ; to come, to sit, 
to see, to be refreshed and to go away with what we hope 
will be a correct and proper image of Free Masonry. 

I issue the call to all of my brethren, to join with me 
not only in proving to ourselves that what we are doing 
is something truly worthwhile, but also in showing to 
the world that Free Masons practice what they preach. 
We are working toward that goal, when there will be 
hardly any gap at all between preachments and practice 
— not only among Masons, but on the part of men of 
good will the whole world over. Thank you very much. 

DR. DE MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. Ostrov. Dr. 
Henri F. Gondret, Grand Chaplain of the Masons of the 
State of New York, and president of the Brooklyn Divi- 
sion of the Protestant Council of the City of New York, 
will now deliver the Benediction. 

DR. HENRI F. GONDRET: Almighty Father, and 
gracious Lord God: we lift our hearts to Thee in deep 
gratitude for this memorable and historic day, despite the 
weather, marking the start of the construction of the 
Masonic Brotherhood Center at the World's Fair. We are 
also mindful of the presence of outstanding luminaries in 
the Masonic firmament. We will give thanks, profound 
thanks, for the leadership of this very notable project, our 
energetic and dedicated Grand Master, Most Worship- 
ful Harry Ostrov; the ingenious pioneering and labor of 
love of the vice president of the Masonic Brotherhood 
Foundation, the Honorable Charles W. Froessel, our es- 
teemed past Grand Master; the presence of the indefati- 
gable worker in Masonry and in every worthwhile 
project, Most Worshipful Raymond C. Ellis, Past Grand 
Master of Masons ; the Honorable Robert Moses, presi- 
dent of the World's Fair, and the vice president, Mr. 
Constable, for their very gracious cooperation. 

We invoke Thy blessing, Almighty Father, on this 
strategic witness on behalf of Masonry's inclusive brother- 
hood and benevolent idealism, with its welcome to all 
visitors to the World's Fair from near and far. And all 
this we pray in the name of our kinsman, redeemer and 
Lord. The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make 
his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, the 
Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you, and 
give you peace, both now and in the life everlasting. 

Shown left to right ore: Mr. Edwin H. Baumann, past Com- 
mander General, Masonic War Veterans; Most Worshipful 
Charles W. Froessel, president of the Masonic World's Fair 
Commission; Mr. Stuart Constable; Mr. Charles B. Massef, 
First Lieutenant Commander General, Masonic War Veterans; 
Most Worshipful Harry Ostrov; and Mr. Harold C. Miller, 
past Commander General, Masonic War Veterans. 


HARRY OSTROV, Grand Master 
CHARLES W. FROESSEL, Chairman, Masonic 
H. LLOYD JONES, Vice Chairman 
RAYMOND C. ELLIS, Vice Chairman 


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ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Compfro/Jer 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretory of the Corporation and Assistant to the President 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer