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Past Masters of Washington Lodge No. 20 gather for a photograph on March 31, 1938.

(Photo courtesy of the Masonic Temple Association)



The Masonic Temple, built between 1913 and 1918, is considered one of the most intact architectural period pieces in Sacramento. In 2001 the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Masonic Temple in Sacramento is a uniquely handsome building and an outstanding representative of fine craftsmanship and rich design for its era. Its unusual design draws from several architectural style and design motifs to create a varied and rich, if unusual, combination of images. The building also possesses a medieval quality that suits the Knight Templar figures guarding the entry, as well as the origins of the organization the building represents.

The temple is uniquely intact, with its original Lodge rooms and elaborate ornament, functioning original Otis elevator, light fixtures designed specifically for the building, oak paneling and oak doors with inlaid wood, stained glass windows, hardware, marble-faced stairs and restrooms, cast bronze balustrades, highly unusual terra cotta design features, and grand auditorium space. The building has a presence of its own, strongly reflecting its era and its unique artistic expression.

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