SF Masonic Auditorium
Exterior view of masonic temple (c.2012)
|Former names||Grand Masonic Auditorium (1958-95)
Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium (1995-2014)
|Address||1111 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108-2252
|Owner||Masons of California|
|Broke ground||October 25, 1955|
|Opened||September 28, 1958|
|Renovated||1975, 2005, 2010, 2014|
|Construction cost||$6 million
($53.6 million in 2016 dollars)
The SF Masonic Auditorium (originally the Grand Masonic Auditorium and formerly known as the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium) is an auditorium located atop Nob Hill in San Francisco, California. Opening in 1958, it is the main meeting venue within the California Masonic Memorial Temple. 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.
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.
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