Masonic Temple

Masonic Temple (HM14S5)

Location: Downers Grove, IL 60515 Dupage County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 47.634', W 88° 0.472'

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A Downers Grove Historic Site

— 1924 —

Architects Fugard & Knapp designed this temple in 1924 for Grove Lodge No. 824, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. The Lodge was chartered October 4, 1893. Charter members included E.E. Downer, G.E. Downer, M.B. Downer, T.S. Rogers, Charles Mochel, W.S. Carpenter and William Repine who served as the first Worshipful Master.

The cornerstone was laid on July 12, 1924. Grove Lodge held their first meeting in their new temple on February 16, 1925. During the Great Depression the building was almost lost. Charles K. McCann, Master in 1937, bought it for taxes and then sold it back to the lodge for $1.00. That check was never cashed but framed on the wall of his room when he died.

At least five new churches called the building home. During WWII the building was used as a Civil Defense Shelter and military motor pool-training center. It also served as a temporary hospital during the 1947 Zephyr train crash.

As with all Masonic Buildings this one is dedicated to Freemasonry, Virtue and Universal Benevolence.
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HM NumberHM14S5
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Year Placed2011
Placed ByDowners Grove Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 6:25am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 416261 N 4627384
Decimal Degrees41.79390000, -88.00786667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 47.634', W 88° 0.472'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 47' 38.04" N, 88° 0' 28.32" W
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Area Code(s)630, 708
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 923 Curtiss St, Downers Grove IL 60515, US
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