H.C. Lewis Art Gallery / Masonic Temple

H.C. Lewis Art Gallery / Masonic Temple (HM1YCI)

Location: Coldwater, MI 49036 Branch County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 56.431', W 84° 59.931'

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H.C. Lewis Art Gallery

Businessman Henry Clay Lewis and his wife, Alma, built the original part of this structure in 1869 to house their extensive art collection and make it available to the public. The Italianate building complimented the Lewises' adjacent home. Upon Alma's death on 1895, most of the art was donated to the University of Michigan in accordance with Henry's will. The building served as a Y.M.C.A. from 1896 until 1913, when it became the Masonic Temple.

Masonic Temple

The Tyre Lodge #18 Free and Accepted Masons of Coldwater organized in 1847. In 1867, Coldwater Masons and their female relatives formed the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter that became the oldest continuous Eastern Star chapter in the world. In 1913, Coldwater Masons and Eastern Stars bought the Y.M.C.A. building that had been the H.C. Lewis Art Gallery. Architect Maurice Carney redesigned the Italianate-style structure into a Mission-style building.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed2014
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 665888 N 4645108
Decimal Degrees41.94051667, -84.99885000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 56.431', W 84° 59.931'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 56' 25.86" N, 84° 59' 55.86" W
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Area Code(s)517
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-34 N Hudson St, Coldwater MI 49036, US
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