List of Masonic buildings

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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.[1] 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.

Buildings currently used by Masonic bodies[edit]

Bermuda[edit]

  • 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.

Canada[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

  • Zetland Hall is the headquarters of the District Grand Lodge of Hong Kong and the Far East.[3] Hong Kong Freemasons built the first Zetland Hall in 1865 and used it until it was destroyed in an air raid in 1944.[4] In 1949 it was replaced by the second Zetland Hall.

India[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Spain[edit]

Sri Lanka[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

England[edit]

Freemason's Hall, London

Scotland[edit]

  • 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.[15]
  • Pollokshields Burgh Hall in Glasgow, meeting place for Lodge Pollok, Pollokshields No. 772.

United States[edit]

Buildings formerly used by Masonic bodies[edit]

Australia[edit]

  • Victoria
    • Bendigo Masonic Hall, now The Capital - Bendigo's Performing Arts Centre, Bendigo[16]

Canada[edit]

Liberia[edit]

Former Masonic lodge palace in 2006

Pakistan[edit]

United States[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Structures web page on the building
  3. ^ Information, Zetland Lodge website, accessed July 23, 2010
  4. ^ History of Zetland Hall, Zetland Lodge website, accessed July 23, 2010
  5. ^ Masonic Lodge and Picquet Tank, Secunderabad, British Library, accessed September 1, 2010
  6. ^ Goshamahal Baradari Masonic Hall
  7. ^ History of the Masonic Temple building in Penang, Prince of Wales Lodge Accessed, 1 Sept 2010
  8. ^ "Freemasons’ Hall". United Grand Lodge of England. 2002–2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Masonic Hall". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  10. ^ The Cloisters on English Heritage's Listed Buildings Online website
  11. ^ "The Hanging Chapel". Images of England. Retrieved 2006-11-06. 
  12. ^ "The Hanging Chapel and a medieval gateway at The Hill [No:33713]". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  13. ^ FS_1574
  14. ^ "Chapel at Rickmansworth Masonic School". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  15. ^ Mother Kilwinning History, Mother Kilwinning Lodge website, accessed August 31, 2010
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ Old Ruling Elite Making a Comeback in Liberia, Tim Sullivan, Associated Press, September 29, 2001.
  18. ^ a b Liberia- No More War, Jessie Deeter, Frontline (PBS), May 2005.
  19. ^ Amar Guriro, Renovation of the historical Freemason Lodge initiated, Daily Times (Pakistan), January 4, 2009