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National Register #13000575: Vallejo Masonic Temple 23 November 2010
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National Register #13000575
Masonic Temple, Naval Lodge No. 87, Free and Accepted Masons
623 Main Street
Built 1918

The Masonic Temple building, designed by John Davis Hatch, is one of the more prominent and outstanding examples of Classical Revival architecture in Vallejo. The building is constructed of brick, which is clad with glazed terra cotta on portions of the first floor.

The fraternal and charitable organization of the Free and Associated Masons had its roots in the occupation of freemasonry in the 14th century. Stone masons of the period formed Freemason societies, so called because stone masons were not tied as serfs by the feudal system of the time and thus known as free masons.

In 17th century England and Scotland, the society opened its membership up to other professions as the Free and Accepted Masons. The society was brought to the North American colonies during the same century.

Naval Lodge No. 87, organized in July 1855, was the first organized lodge in Vallejo. Many of the membership were workers, enlisted men, and officers at the Navy Yard at Mare Island.

Adapted from the NRHP nomination.

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