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Dayton Masonic Temple

 
 
Dayton Masonic Temple Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 5, 2009
1. Dayton Masonic Temple Marker (Side A)
Inscription. (Side A): The first Masonic Lodge in Dayton was founded in 1808, located in the first Montgomery County Courthouse. Various other locations were home to Masons in Dayton, but by World War I, rapid growth of the Masonic community called for the creation of a new Lodge building. Masons of the time, including civic and business leaders of Dayton, conceived the idea of a new Masonic Center located on the hill at Belmonte Park North and Riverview Avenue. Ground was broken and construction of the $2.5 million Masonic Temple began on July 20, 1925. Through contributions from the Masonic community, the tremendous task of raising a majority of the building cost, $1.5 million, was accomplished in merely ten days in 1924. It is doubtful that the Temple could be duplicated given the fact that the large quantities of marble and mahogany and cherry woods used in construction would be difficult to procure today.

(Side B): The Dayton Masonic Temple was completed and dedicated on April 3, 1928. The building and grounds occupy eight and a half acres on the west bank of the Great Miami River. The firm of Herman & Brown of Dayton was hired to design this imposing building with its unique Grecian Ionic architectural design. Two hundred and fifty rooms and seven auditoriums, each with a pipe organ, are contained within the eight-story
Dayton Masonic Temple Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 26, 2007
2. Dayton Masonic Temple Marker (Side B)
building. Throughout the building’s history, the Dayton Masonic Temple has been adapted to different situations. With the onset of World War II, a plan for the Temple to become a temporary hospital was put in place. The Cuban Missile Crisis saw the Temple outfitted as a community Fallout Shelter. Today, the Dayton Masonic Temple stands as a solid memorial to Freemasonry and will continue to serve the community and future generations of Freemasons.
 
Erected 2006 by Dayton Masonic Foundation
The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 12-57.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 45.92′ N, 84° 12.13′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Belmonte Park North and West Riverview Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Belmonte Park North. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 525 West Riverview Avenue, Dayton OH 45405, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Dayton's First Electric Generating Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Newcom Tavern (approx. half a mile away); Steele High School
Marker along Belmonte beside the Temple image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 26, 2007
3. Marker along Belmonte beside the Temple
(approx. half a mile away); Montgomery County Civil War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Victoria Theater (approx. 0.6 miles away); Paul Laurence Dunbar (approx. 0.6 miles away); "The History of the World is the Biography of Great Men" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Charles F. Kettering (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Dayton Masonic Center. A short history. (Submitted on December 28, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Details of the Marker. Includes additional photos of the marker dedication and the temple. (Submitted on December 28, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
Dayton Masonic Temple entrance and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 5, 2009
4. Dayton Masonic Temple entrance and Marker
The Dayton Masonic Temple image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 26, 2007
5. The Dayton Masonic Temple
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,615 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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