The Eastern Star Home was a historical icon in Arlington, Texas and represented the highest respect in the city for it's mission to caring for the aged and widowed Eastern Star women.
Eastern Star Intl. is a Masonic Fraternal order and an appendent body of the Texas Freemasons under the Grand Lodge of Texas jurisdiction.
Having grown up in Arlington, this building was an everyday visual landmark for me. The site was next to the current day Arlington Stadium (AT&T). It is now closed for several years and many of the original buildings were torn down. The residents were relocated down the highway to the current day Texas Masonic Retirement Center. TMRC was origianally called the THE HOME FOR AGED MASONS
In high school I photographed the residents of the TMRC for a photo essay in the early 70's in black and white film.
Today, TMRC is still very much in operation, and has expanded into new modern apartment facilities and still support it's original mission to care for the retirement generation that enjoys the social enivironment of the fraternity.
In this picture is illustrated a news article featuring the history of the Eastern Star facility and organization from 1957. This was published by the Arlington News and was a feature booklet on the early history of Arlington. It is very old and almost crumbled for this picture.
The plate is a personal collection article I own from the 1940's.
The canvas picture in the background of the portico is a restoration image I created in 2012 and presented to the TMRC Director, who has it on display now in the hall library. At the time I shot this image, the roof and chimney were fallen in, the door and windows broken and open, and the natural vegetation and trees had overrun the complex. I used an image of a SC home front door to photoshop into this picture, which matched the style of architecture from the early last century.
Today the complex it is just a long distant memory, but in it's day it was the elegant pinnacle of a life's reward that was well earned and served.