CDN Legislature Bldg
'Beacon Of The Occult'
Built As Talisman To Ward Off Evil, Says Researcher

By Katherine Harding
The Globe and Mail
Four years ago, Frank Albo was driving past the Manitoba Legislature building when he looked up on its roof and spotted a pair of stone sphinxes that stuck out in the bright blue Prairie sky.
"They are a noted Egyptian motif," recalled the 33-year-old Winnipeg native, who was studying Eastern religions. "I thought: 'What on Earth are Egyptian sphinxes doing flanking a building where laws are enacted in Manitoba?'"
Since then, his tiny discovery has led to an exhaustive investigation into the grand Winnipeg building, which he now calls "the Da Vinci code in stone."
Mr. Albo is convinced that the legislature building, which was designed in 1912 by two English architects, holds "secret encoded clues" that suggest it was built as a talisman to harness energy and ward off evil -- a sort of beacon of the occult.
From the Golden Boy statue, which famously glistens from a dome atop the building, to the pair of large bison statues that guard a massive staircase leading to the legislature, Mr. Albo said the building was constructed to the specifications of the divine blueprints of ancient temples.
He said even the lieutenant-governor's reception room was built exactly to dimensions that match those of King Solomon's inner sanctum.
"I haven't researched every legislative capital in North America, but I doubt that you will find another one that is built to Golden Mean proportions, . . . that has Hermes -- the father of all occult sciences -- on the dome and is in the centre of North America," he said.
While Mr. Albo said he received a small government grant to pursue his research after the Premier's Office was contacted two years ago about his discovery, there is a lot of skepticism about his findings.
"The buffalo is the symbol of Manitoba -- that's why there are buffaloes there," said a senior government official, who didn't want to be identified.
However, he said that the government has no problem with people studying the Winnipeg landmark, which opened to the public in 1920 and is an example of Beaux-Arts architecture. "It's certainly open to a variety of interpretations," he said.
Mr. Albo, who has been known to walk around the building wielding a tape measure, said he knows many people likely don't believe him, but he's not deterred from continuing his investigation.
"Almost every day, I'm uncovering a new clue that is leading me further down this rabbit hole," the University of Winnipeg research fellow said.
"It started as a research paper, but has turned into an Indiana Jones adventure," he said. He has been aided over the years by blueprints, special access to Masonic archives and even a person who could translate hieroglyphics that were eventually found on the two sphinxes that set off his research in the first place.
The young sleuth said that while the bestselling thriller novel The Da Vinci Code "talks about things like the Golden Mean, Masonic architecture, symbolism of secret societies -- those elements, in true proportion, are incorporated in the architecture of this building."
Mr. Albo said he's often asked why this type of symbolism would be secretly encoded in a building constructed in Winnipeg.
The fact that Manitoba's capital city is located almost exactly in the middle of the continent is a likely explanation, he said.
"What greater, more important place, to put the beacon of energy that houses the blueprint of God in divine proportion and has a representation of [the] Holy of Holies?"
Mr. Albo, who wants to write a book about his unusual discovery, is currently concentrating his research on the building's lead architect, Frank Simon, to help him solve the "great mystery" still facing him -- the all-consuming Why?
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