List of Masonic buildings
List of Masonic buildings identifies notable buildings around the world that were constructed by Masonic bodies, or were converted to Masonic purposes by the fraternity.
Many of the buildings on this list were purpose built to house Masonic lodge meetings and ritual activities. In other cases, Masonic bodies converted existing landmark buildings to Masonic use. Also included are buildings constructed by the Freemasons as part of their charitable endeavors (such as hospitals and schools). Ideally, to be included, a building should have some form of landmark status (such as being listed on a heritage registers). Buildings otherwise considered notable may be included on a case by case basis.
The list is divided into two categories: a) buildings currently used by the Freemasons, and b) buildings that were historically used by the Freemasons, but have now been converted to other (non-Masonic) uses.
- 1 Buildings currently used by Masonic bodies
- 2 Buildings formerly used by Masonic bodies
- 3 See also
- 4 References
Buildings currently used by Masonic bodies
- State House, St. George's - The oldest stone building in Bermuda, it housed Bermuda's Parliament from 1620 until 1815, when the capital was relocated to Hamilton. Since 1815 it has been leased in perpetuity to a Masonic Lodge.
- Masonic Temple (St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador)
- Montreal Masonic Memorial Temple
- Zetland Hall is the headquarters of the District Grand Lodge of Hong Kong and the Far East. Hong Kong Freemasons built the first Zetland Hall in 1865 and used it until it was destroyed in an air raid in 1944. In 1949 it was replaced by the second Zetland Hall.
- Goshamal Baradari, in Hyderabad, India, built in 1682, and donated to the fraternity in 1872 by the Nizam of Hyderabad,
- Cheltenham Masonic Hall Grade II* listed.
- The Cloisters, Letchworth is a Grade II* listed building.
- The Hanging Chapel in Langport is a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument that became a masonic hall in 1891.
- Old Orchard Street Theatre, Bath Theatre and church which became a masonic hall in 1865.
- Phoenix Lodge, Sunderland. A Grade I listed building with the longest continuous usage of a Masonic meeting place in the world.
- Royal Masonic School for Boys in Bushey, Hertfordshire.
- Royal Masonic School in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. (Chapel is Grade II listed).
- The building used by Lodge Mother Kilwinning Kilwinning, Ayrshire, consecrated in 1893, includes a museum of Masonic artefacts. The lodge traces its history to the building of Kilwinning Abbey, circa 1140. The current lodge building replaced a lodge building that was erected in 1779.
- Pollokshields Burgh Hall in Glasgow, meeting place for Lodge Pollok, Pollokshields No. 772.
Buildings formerly used by Masonic bodies
- CTV Temple-Masonic Temple in Toronto, also known as the CTV Temple home of MTV Canada.
- Monrovia - The Lodge Palace. During the First Liberian Civil War, the lodge palace in Monrovia was the scene of many battles. and its ruins became home to 8000 squatters. The Masons managed to evict them by 2005 and there are plans to rebuild the lodge.
- Masonic Temple, Lahore; meeting place for Lodge of Hope and Perseverance No. 782
- Freemasons Lodge Building, Karachi. Built by the Freemason’s Trust before World War I; now used by the Sindh Wildlife Department Conservator; renovations began in circa 2008.
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- William D. Moore (2006), Masonic temples: Freemasonry, Ritual Architecture, and Masculine Archetypes, University of Tennessee Press. ISBN 1-57233-496-7, ISBN 978-1-57233-496-0.
- Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Structures web page on the building
- Information, Zetland Lodge website, accessed July 23, 2010
- History of Zetland Hall, Zetland Lodge website, accessed July 23, 2010
- Masonic Lodge and Picquet Tank, Secunderabad, British Library, accessed September 1, 2010
- Goshamahal Baradari Masonic Hall
- History of the Masonic Temple building in Penang, Prince of Wales Lodge Accessed, 1 Sept 2010
- "Freemasons’ Hall". United Grand Lodge of England. 2002-2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
- "Masonic Hall". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
- The Cloisters on English Heritage's Listed Buildings Online website
- "The Hanging Chapel". Images of England. Retrieved 2006-11-06.
- "The Hanging Chapel and a medieval gateway at The Hill [No:33713]". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
- "Chapel at Rickmansworth Masonic School". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
- Mother Kilwinning History, Mother Kilwinning Lodge website, accessed August 31, 2010
- Old Ruling Elite Making a Comeback in Liberia, Tim Sullivan, Associated Press, September 29, 2001.
- Liberia- No More War, Jessie Deeter, Frontline (PBS), May 2005.
- Amar Guriro, Renovation of the historical Freemason Lodge initiated, Daily Times (Pakistan), January 4, 2009