Watertown Masonic Temple

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Watertown Masonic Temple

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Watertown Masonic Temple, November 2009
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Location 240 Washington St., Watertown, New York
Coordinates 43°58′23″N75°54′42″W / 43.97306°N 75.91167°W / 43.97306; -75.91167 Coordinates: 43°58′23″N75°54′42″W / 43.97306°N 75.91167°W / 43.97306; -75.91167
Area less than one acre
Built 1914
Architect Dewey, Charles E.; Caswell, Fred A.
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP reference # 80002629 [1]
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. [2]

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, New York County in the United States

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 1980 [1] In 2003, the Masonic Hall Association decided to sell the building, citing the cost of maintaining the structure, and declining membership for its decision. [3] No lodge currently meets in the building.

National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property.

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. [4]

Empire State Development (ESD) is the umbrella organization for New York's two principal economic development public-benefit corporations, the New York State Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the New York Job Development Authority (JDA). The New York State Department of Economic Development (DED) is a department of the New York government that has been operationally merged into ESD.

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