Masonic Temple (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
Masonic Temple in 1991
|Location||809 1st Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska|
|Area||0.9 acres (0.36 ha)|
|Architectural style||Eclectic Renaissance Revival|
|NRHP reference #||80004568|
|Added to NRHP||June 3, 1980|
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. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
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.
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. The Masons no longer meet in the building.
The roof of the vacant building collapsed on March 17th, 2018, and the rest of the building was demolished the next day.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- James R. Marcotte (April 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Masonic Temple (AHRS Site No. FAI-032)". National Park Service. and Accompanying three photos, exterior, from 1979 and 1960s
- Tanana Lodge No. 3 website
- Daily News-Miner Article
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