Masonic Temple (Fairbanks, Alaska)

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Masonic Temple
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
Masonic Temple, 809 First Avenue, Fairbanks (Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska).jpg
Masonic Temple in 1991
Masonic Temple (Fairbanks, Alaska) is located in Downtown Fairbanks
Masonic Temple (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Masonic Temple (Fairbanks, Alaska) is located in Alaska
Masonic Temple (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Location 809 1st Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska
Coordinates 64°50′39″N 147°43′36″W / 64.84417°N 147.72667°W / 64.84417; -147.72667Coordinates: 64°50′39″N 147°43′36″W / 64.84417°N 147.72667°W / 64.84417; -147.72667
Area 0.9 acres (0.36 ha)
Built 1906 (1906)
Architectural style Eclectic Renaissance Revival
NRHP reference # 80004568[1]
AHRS # FAI-032
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 3, 1980
Designated AHRS 1978

The Masonic Temple was a historic two-story wooden building at 809 1st Avenue, near the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was built in 1906, expanded in 1908, and further altered in 1913 and 1916. Its architecture was "eclectic Renaissance Revival", a style that had been popular in the "lower 48" United States in the 1880s and 1890s.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

The building was originally constructed for the Tanana Commercial Company in 1906. The fire that destroyed much of the city that same year did not affect it, as the fire stopped about one block away.[2]

In 1908, the Tanana Lodge No. 3, a Masonic group that had started as a club in 1904 and received a charter in 1908, purchased the building. The Masons added an extension in the rear for lodge rooms and a main hall in 1908. The building was raised in 1913 and a new facade was added in 1916.[2] The Masons no longer meet in the building.[3]

President Warren G. Harding gave a speech from the steps of the Masonic Temple during his visit to Alaska in 1923.[2]

The roof of the vacant building collapsed on March 17th, 2018, and the rest of the building was demolished the next day.[4]

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