Masonic Lodge 1854-1971,

Masonic Lodge 1854-1971, (HM1S26)

Location: Olympia, WA 98506 Thurston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 47° 2.752', W 122° 52.998'

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Washington Territorial Legislative Meeting Site 1854-1855 and 1855-1856

— Olympia Heritage Site —

The Masonic Temple was built in 1854 by the first Masonic Lodge in Washington, Olympia Lodge No 1 F. and A. M. It was built on land donated by Edmund Sylvester who had platted the town of Olympia in 1850. Designed in a classical style, the impressive two-story structure had a temple front with four columns across the facade.

After Washington was made a territory in 1853, a territorial capitol building was begun at the present capitol grounds site. However in 1855-56, a general Indian Uprising was underway in Western Washington and men were called away on militia duty. The capitol was unfinished in time for the 1854-1855 legislature and so that session and the one the following year, 1855-1856, met in the Masonic Temple. It was the only suitable structure in the city.

Besides Masonic services, the structure also served as a school and as a meeting place for other civic gatherings before it was razed in 1911. A new Masonic temple of similar design was built at the same location but was torn down in 1971.

This marker was donated by Olympia Lodge No. 1 F. and A. M. and by the Sacajawea Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.
HM NumberHM1S26
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution series
Year Placed1999
Placed ByOlympia Lodge No. 1 F. and A. M. and by the Sacajawea Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 508864 N 5210267
Decimal Degrees47.04586667, -122.88330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 2.752', W 122° 52.998'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 2' 45.12" N, 122° 52' 59.88" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)360
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1401 4th Ave E, Olympia WA 98506, US
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