Masonic Temple (Evansville, Indiana)

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Masonic Temple
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Masonic Temple (Evansville, Indiana) is located in Indiana
Masonic Temple (Evansville, Indiana)
Masonic Temple (Evansville, Indiana) is located in the US
Masonic Temple (Evansville, Indiana)
Location 301 Chestnut St., Evansville, Indiana
Coordinates 37°58′7″N 87°34′11″W / 37.96861°N 87.56972°W / 37.96861; -87.56972Coordinates: 37°58′7″N 87°34′11″W / 37.96861°N 87.56972°W / 37.96861; -87.56972
Area less than one acre
Built 1913
Architect Shopbell & Company
Architectural style Classical Revival
MPS Downtown Evansville MRA
NRHP Reference # 82000108[1]
Added to NRHP July 1, 1982

The Masonic Temple in Evansville, Indiana, USA, is a building from 1913. It was designed by the local architects Shopbell & Company in Classical Revival style.[1] The lodge building once hosted three separately chartered masonic lodges: Evansville Lodge (No. 64), Reed Lodge (No. 316) and Lessing Lodge (No. 464).[2] The building measures 72 x 104 feet, with four stories above ground and a basement. The exterior walls of the first two floors are faced with stone and the stories above trimmed with both stone and terra cotta. The interior floors and partitions are supported by steel columns and girders, also following the Roman classic order.[2][3]

The Evansville Masonic Temple continues to host Lessing and Reed Lodges mentioned above and two additional Lodges chartered long after the building was completed. The two additional Lodges are: Constellation Lodge No. 748 and Daylight Lodge No. 752. All Lodges are chartered by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana.

The fourth floor of the Evansville Masonic Temple is the York Rite floor. Evansville York Rite is composed of three separately Chartered Masonic Organizations. Each is Chartered by their respective Grand body of the State of Indiana. The three organizations are: Evansville Chapter No. 12 Royal Arch Masons, Simpson Council No. 23 Cryptic Masons and La Valette Commandery No. 15 Knights Templar.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Joshua Claybourn, "Both Masons and their lodge face a perilous future", Evansville Courier & Press, 22 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-08-01.  Note: This includes Douglas L. Stern and Joan Marchand (October 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Downtown Evansville MRA" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-01. , Douglas L. Stern and Joan Marchand (October 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Downtown Evansville MRA" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-01. , and Accompanying photographs