For thousands of years, buildings have sprung up that seem to speak a secret language. The architecture and detailing contain symbols that hold
universal meaning, and often because of their size, seem to shout an important message. The trained eye can pick up on this. We’re left scratching our heads, wondering if it’s intentional, or coincidental. If intentional, we can’t help but wonder if the architect belongs to a secret society and wanted to pass along a bit of vital ancient wisdom to future generations. Thomas Jefferson the architect certainly did this with the Pavilions, Rotunda and detailing of his acclaimed Academical Village at UVA, as well as the designs for the US Capitol (apparently).
Secret society members never reveal their identities, nor is it likely that an architect would admit he or she imbedded a secret cipher in his / her blueprints. Yet I can’t help but hypothesize about whether or not they did. Are these particular architects members of the Illuminati? The white hat Illuminati hopefully.
Spending time in the historic East Coast cities of Boston, Philadelphia, Lower Manhattan and Charlottesville, VA, we can plainly see that the triangle repeats itself. And yet, ALL buildings in these cities don’t have a triangle, but generally court houses do. I’ve definitely noticed a link between courts and triangles.
The ancient Greek Pantheon was built between 447-432 BC and was influenced by the father of Math & Geometry, Pythagoras. The triangle was prominently featured on this amazing structure. This symbolic three-sided geometric shape reappeared nearly 600 years later on the entrance of the ancient Roman Pantheon. It’s mind-bobbling to think about the Egyptian Pyramids that preceded the Greek Pantheon by 2,000 years. They too must have somehow discovered the power of the triangle.
Backed by this much history, it shouldn’t surprise us that 18th & 19th century architects featured the triangle in their structures as well. The triangle is deemed the most stable shape and symbolizes ascension and personal growth which is supposed to be what life it about. So this makes sense.
What’s most intriguing in modern times is how the triangle is carried forward in today’s unique designs and structures using contemporary materials. Not every building of course, but just enough structures to leave a residual feeling that certain architects know to do this, while others don’t, and thus certain architects might belong to a secret society (or that’s my hypothesis anyway), after all Pythagoras was the Father of secret societies. I admit that whenever I see buildings with triangles, I immediately strategize about how to go inside. They seem like good luck charms. And I imagine that once passing through the entrance, my destiny will be altered. That we’ll find ourselves on a new path that will elevate us. A path that might be considered “the road less traveled,” Robert Frost.
Realistically, it’s impossible to know for sure what it all means. And perhaps it doesn’t even matter. I’m fond of my belief that these triangles point to a secret society, proof that the Illuminati is real. Are they white hats or black hats… or both? Maybe the road less traveled will reveal more answers. ~
The first US Capitol at 26 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, although this is the second iteration built in 1842 .
Saint Paul’s Church in Lower Manhattan erected in 1766.
The Rotunda at Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village, originally built in 1826, although it burned to the ground in 1895 and was restored exactly like the original.
The Academical Village has ten Pavilions, most of which have the triangle. Below is Pavilion III where Law was taught back in the early days.
Lower Manhattan, behind SDNY.
New York Supreme Court which sits next to SDNY in Foley Square, Lower Manhattan.
The new US Supreme Court on Capitol Hill was completed in 1935.
The Shed, brand new performing arts center in Hudson Yards.