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California Historical Landmarks in Solano County

California Historical Landmark 174
Benicia Masonic Lodge
110 West J Street
Built 1850

California Historical Landmark #174: First Masonic Hall in California

10 November 2004
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First Masonic Hall Built In California

The first Masonic hall built in California was begun in the summer of 1850, occupied by the Lodge October 14, 1850, and formally dedicated December 27, 1850. This building served as the Masonic Temple for Benicia Lodge No. 5 until 1888, when the new Temple was occupied. It was used by a Boys' Club prior to World War I and by the American Legion shortly after the war. It was reacquired by Benicia Lodge No. 5 in 1950.

Erected by the Historic Landmark Committee, Native Sons of the Golden West, Benicia Parlor No. 89 Native Sons of the Golden West and Benicia Parlor No. 287 Native Daughters of the Golden West, marker dedicated on December 17, 1950.

California Historical Landmark Registration No. 174

Sidewalk Tiles At J And First Streets in Benicia
Commemorative Tiles in the Sidewalk at J And First Streets.
Adjacent Tiles Commemorate St. Paul's Episcopal Church .
10 November 2004
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The Masonic Hall is also National Register Listing #72000259.

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