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Masonic Temple Building

1910

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
1. Masonic Temple Building Marker
Inscription. The Masonic Temple Building was dedicated on April 15, 1910 and still serves as the home of Eden Lodge #113 of the Freemasons. The Eden Lodge was instituted in San Leandro in 1857, the first fraternal order established here. This three-story two-part commercial block building has an asymmetrical design and a rounded corner that serves as the building’s focal point. It is an example of a historic Masonic Temple and of commercial architecture in downtown San Leandro.

Fraternal organizations such as the Freemasons, Odd Fellows, and the Portuguese Union (U.P.E.C.) were established early in San Leandro, Leaders in these organizations were often also the civic and business leaders of San Leandro.

One popular tenant of this building was the Hirschman Creamery and Candy Store, which occupied the East 14th Street storefront in the early years of the 20th century.
 
Location. 37° 43.46′ N, 122° 9.308′ W. Marker is in San Leandro, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of East 14th Street and Joaquin Avenue, on the right when traveling south on East 14th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1379 East 14th Street, San Leandro CA 94577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Masonic Temple Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
2. Masonic Temple Building Marker
of this marker. Masonic Temple (a few steps from this marker); Historic Best Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Little Brown Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Casa Peralta (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Daniel & Meta Best Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Leandro – Cherry Festivals (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Leandro Courthouse Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Leandro.
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
Masonic Temple Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
3. Masonic Temple Building Marker
The Masonic Temple Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
4. The Masonic Temple Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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