Hornitos Masonic Hall No. 98

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Hornitos Masonic Hall No. 98
Masonic Hall (Hornitos, CA).jpg
Hornitos Masonic Hall in 1925.
Hornitos Masonic Hall No. 98 is located in California
Hornitos Masonic Hall No. 98
Hornitos Masonic Hall No. 98 is located in the US
Hornitos Masonic Hall No. 98
Location 2877 Bear Valley Rd., Hornitos, California
Coordinates 37°30′5″N 120°14′14″W / 37.50139°N 120.23722°W / 37.50139; -120.23722Coordinates: 37°30′5″N 120°14′14″W / 37.50139°N 120.23722°W / 37.50139; -120.23722
Area less than one acre
Architectural style Mid 19th Century Revival
NRHP Reference # 05000775[1]
Added to NRHP August 3, 2005

The Hornitos Masonic Hall No. 98 is a historic Masonic Hall building in Hornitos, Mariposa County, California.

History[edit]

It was built in 1855 by Italian stonemasons who worked in the gold mines of the Mother Lode of the California Gold Rush. It is classified as an unreinforced masonry building because its walls have no metal support. All rock, granite, and brick materials came from local sources.

During the first twenty years of its existence, the building served many different purposes, operating as a photography studio, a jewelry and watch store, tailor shop and finally as the Fashion Saloon.

Masonic Hall

It was purchased by Masons in August 1873 for $220, and they renovated it for a Masonic Hall. Sometime in early 1875, the Masonic Hornitos Lodge No. 98 began holding regular meetings in the building and have occupied it ever since.[2]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Hornitos98.org: Hornitos Lodge No. 98 — "About Us"