Watertown Masonic Temple
Watertown Masonic Temple, November 2009
|Location||240 Washington St., Watertown, New York|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Dewey, Charles E.; Caswell, Fred A.|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival|
|NRHP reference #||80002629|
|Added to NRHP||January 23, 1980|
Watertown Masonic Temple is a historic Masonic building located in Watertown in Jefferson County, New York. It was constructed in 1914 as a meeting hall for a local Masonic lodge. and is a three-story, Neoclassical style rectangular, masonry and steel structure. The front of the building features a large prostyle temple front with six columns in the Doric order supporting a triangular pediment.
A Masonic Temple or Masonic Hall is, within Freemasonry, the room or edifice where a Masonic Lodge meets. Masonic Temple may also refer to an abstract spiritual goal and the conceptual ritualistic space of a meeting.
Jefferson County is a county in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 116,229. Its county seat is Watertown. The county is named after Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States of America. It is adjacent to Lake Ontario, southeast from the Canada–US border of Ontario.
A Masonic lodge, often termed a private lodge or constituent lodge, is the basic organisational unit of Freemasonry. It is also commonly used as a term for a building in which such a unit meets. Every new lodge must be warranted or chartered by a Grand Lodge, but is subject to its direction only in enforcing the published constitution of the jurisdiction. By exception the three surviving lodges that formed the world's first known grand lodge in London have the unique privilege to operate as time immemorial, i.e., without such warrant; only one other lodge operates without a warrant – the Grand Stewards' Lodge in London, although it is not also entitled to the "time immemorial" title. A Freemason is generally entitled to visit any Lodge in any jurisdiction in amity with his own. In some jurisdictions this privilege is restricted to Master Masons. He is first usually required to check, and certify, the regularity of the relationship of the Lodge – and be able to satisfy that Lodge of his regularity of membership. Freemasons gather together as a Lodge to work the three basic Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980In 2003, the Masonic Hall Association decided to sell the building, citing the cost of maintaining the structure, and declining membership for its decision. No lodge currently meets in the building.
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A plan to renovate the building as a performing arts center is included in a ten million dollar New York State Empire State Development Corporation revitalization grant.
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