As a longtime Worthington resident involved with the Worthington Historical Society for over 30 years, I am aware of how unique and special the 1820 Worthington Masonic Lodge building is, both historically and architecturally.

To the Editor:

As a longtime Worthington resident involved with the Worthington Historical Society for over 30 years, I am aware of how unique and special the 1820 Worthington Masonic Lodge building is, both historically and architecturally.

When the cornerstone was laid July 24, 1820, a copper plate was included to identify the five members of the building committee and the local carpenter, Chauncey Barker, as the "architect," and Arora Buttles as the "Principal Operative Mason." These two skilled craftsmen were the carpenter and brick mason responsible for most of the early federal-style buildings that established the community's New England character and have been treasured by every generation since then.

Naturally, I have followed the discussion to develop this property carefully. I sincerely hope the Worthington City Council will use its power to preserve this building's architectural integrity as a tribute to the Masonic craftsmen who established the architectural character of Worthington.

Jennie McCormick
Worthington