Masonic Hall (Mendocino, California)
10500 Lansing Street
|Architect||Erick Albertson and John Gschwend|
The Masonic Hall, also known as the Masonic Temple and Mendocino Lodge No. 179, is an historic Masonic building located at 10500 Lansing Street in Mendocino, California, coordinates Coordinates: . It was built beginning in 1866 of local redwood by Erick Albertson and John Gschwend, but not completed until after 1880. Erick Albertson, who was the first worshipful master of Mendocino Lodge No. 179, also crafted from a single redwood trunk the unique sculpture of Time and the Maiden which adorns the top of the hall's cupola. Also known as Father Time and the Virgin, the sculpture incorporates a book and a fallen column and has become a local landmark. While its exact symbolic meaning is shrouded in Masonic secrecy, one Mason has interpreted its meaning as "Time, patience and perseverance will accomplish all things."
Mendocino Lodge No. 179 holds its meetings in the second floor of the building while the first floor serves as the local branch of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County, which bought the building in 1977.
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