Mason's Hall (Richmond, Virginia)

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Masons' Hall
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Exterior of Masons' Hall
Mason's Hall (Richmond, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Mason's Hall (Richmond, Virginia)
Mason's Hall (Richmond, Virginia) is located in the United States
Mason's Hall (Richmond, Virginia)
Location1807 E. Franklin St., Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates37°31′59″N 77°25′36″W / 37.53306°N 77.42667°W / 37.53306; -77.42667Coordinates: 37°31′59″N 77°25′36″W / 37.53306°N 77.42667°W / 37.53306; -77.42667
Area9.9 acres (4.0 ha)
NRHP reference #73002220[1]
VLR #127-0019
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 2, 1973
Designated VLRJanuary 16, 1973[2]

Masons' Hall, located in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia was built during 1785 to 1787 by Richmond Lodge No.10. It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

At the time of its NRHP listing, it was the oldest Masonic building in the United States that was built as a Masonic meetingplace and used continuously for that purpose, and one of few surviving buildings from the 18th century in Richmond. It was reportedly protected from fire by the command of a Union general, also a Mason, when the Union army occupied Richmond in 1865.[3]

An early non-Masonic meeting held there provided instruction to Virginia's delegates to the U.S. Constitutional Convention.[3][4]

The building has an octagonal cupola.[3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission staff (December 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Mason's Hall" (PDF). Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. Retrieved 2010-06-16. and Accompanying photo at Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, undated
  4. ^ "Masons' Hall - Masons Hall 1785". Masons Hall 1785. Retrieved 2016-08-16.

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