Unlike the days of old when only initiated members were allowed inside its hallowed halls, the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of New York has increasingly cast away its veils of secrecy and opened its doors to the public. They even do tours. Here’s what the inside of the fraternal organization that’s either actively plotting world domination or more likely, throwing bake sales, looks like. Novus ordo seclorum! Check back every Friday for a new photo essay.

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(Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)