Nob Hill Masonic Center

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The Masonic
Masonic Temple
Masonic Auditorium
Nob Hill Masonic Center-San Francisco.jpg
The Masonic is located in San Francisco
The Masonic
The Masonic
Location in Central San Francisco
Address 1111 California Street
San Francisco, California
United States
Coordinates 37°47′29″N 122°24′47″W / 37.79132°N 122.41306°W / 37.79132; -122.41306Coordinates: 37°47′29″N 122°24′47″W / 37.79132°N 122.41306°W / 37.79132; -122.41306
Owner Masons of California
Capacity 3,300 (post renovation)
Opened September 29, 1958
Architect Albert Roller

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.[1]

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.[2] The current location opened in 1958.

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  1. ^ "Masonic Center". Nob Hill Masonic Center. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "ORIGINS AND HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA LODGE NO. 1". Retrieved 7 May 2013. 

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