Nob Hill Masonic Center
Location in Central San Francisco
|Address||1111 California Street
San Francisco, California
|Owner||Masons of California|
|Capacity||3,300 (post renovation)|
|Opened||September 29, 1958|
The Masonic (also known as the Nob Hill Masonic Center of San Francisco, Masonic Temple, or Masonic Auditorium) is a public venue at 1111 California Street in San Francisco, California. The venue was formally dedicated on 29 September 1958.
It has several large sculptures representing the four branches of the Armed Services on its outside wall. There is a frieze representing a gigantic tug of war between good and evil forces. Inside, it has a unique mosaic window designed by artist Emile Norman. The mosaic depicts a variety of natural themes as well as the professions. It contains gravel and soil from each of the 58 counties in California.
The Masonic Auditorium currently hosts many concerts and other live events and is managed by Live Nation.
Freemasonry came to California in the wake of the Gold Rush of 1849. The first meeting of California Lodge No. 13 took place November 17, 1849, on Montgomery Street. The Montgomery Street location was replaced by a new Masonic Hall on Kearny and Pine Streets June 6, 1850, and renamed the California Masonic Lodge No. 1. The current location opened in 1958.