AKA: Masonic Temple, Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA; Masonic Lodge, Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - assembly halls; built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: Jeffery and Schaefer, Architects (firm); Elmore Robinson Jeffery (architect); Frank R. Schaefer (architect)

Dates: constructed 1922-1923

3 stories, total floor area: 25,000 sq. ft.

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104 North Avenue 56
Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA 90042-4112

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Overview

The Lodge 382 of the Free and Accepted Masons commissioned the architectural firm of Jeffery and Schaefer to produced the design for the Highland Park Masonic Building, completed in 1923. They used the facility for 60 years, before being forced to sell it in 1983, due to the high cost of seismic upgrading. Three investors worked between 1985 and 1989 to renovate and seimically renovate the building. They completed their renovation work in 1990 renting the facility out as a meeting and banqueting space.

Building History

The Highland Park Masonic Lodge had its cornerstone set on 12/16/1922. Its grand opening occurred on 07/02/1923. (See Anne Marie Wozniak, "Masonic Building Entrance Restored," Highland Park News-Herald, 03/19/1986.)

Building Notes

Like many clubhouses for fraternal societies, the Highland Park Masonic Lodge served multiple purposes. First-floor retail spaces brought in needed club revenue, while second- and third-floor meeting areas could be used for club activities.

Los Angeles Historical-Cultural Monument: 282

National Register of Historic Places: 89002268 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 1522