No matter how many years pass, the loss of this one still sets some people’s teeth on edge.
Why? I’ll be honest: that’s one hell of a piece of stone. Carved from a single block. (Kidding.) I’ve never been a big enthusiast for the style, but I respect it. The Lumber Exchange is more to my taste; the Masonic Temple is more whimsical. This thing was a brute. It looks far more graceful here than it actually was.
But that’s a matter of opinion and taste. Let’s take a look around, and see if you can figure out why people were dismayed by its destruction.