First Masonic Hall Built in California
Posted by: heringermr
N 38° 03.143 W 122° 09.443
10S E 573926 N 4211962
Quick Description: California Registered Historical Landmark #174
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 6/28/2007 9:53:07 AM
Waymark Code: WM1R2W
The first Masonic hall built in California was begun in the summer of 1850, occupied by the lodge October 14, 1850, and formally dedicated December 27, 1850. This building served as the Masonic Temple for Benicia Lodge No. 5 until 1888, when the new temple was occupied. Used by a boys' club prior to World War I and by the American Legion shortly after the war, it was reacquired by Benicia Lodge No. 5 in 1950.
The Masonic Temple was constructed in 1850 and is the oldest building in good condition still standing and in use in Benicia. Until the State Capitol building was finished in 1853, the lower floors of the Masonic Temple were used for county offices as well as several religious groups. The outside of the building is only slightly different than its original appearance. However the interior has most likely been entirely remodeled.
Marker Number: 174.00
Marker Name: FIRST BUILDING ERECTED IN CALIFORNIA BY MASONIC LODGE FOR USE AS A HALL
110 W J St, Benicia
Has Official CA Plaque: Not Listed
Marker Dedication Date: Not listed
Website: Not listed
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