Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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 1950 by The Historic Landmarks 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. (Marker Number 174.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is October 14, 1850.
Location. 38° 3.143′ N, 122° 9.443′ W. Marker is in Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 W J Street, Benicia CA 94510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1854 Saint Pauls Episcopal Church 1954 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away); Site of the First Protestant Church in California (about 400 feet away); World War I Memorial (about 600 feet away); Site of Benicia Seminary (about 600 feet away); Fischer-Hanlon House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Founders of Benicia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert Semple (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Benicia.
Regarding First Masonic Hall Built in California. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.174 on March 6, 1935 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 16, 1972.
Also see . . . History of Benicia. City website entry (Submitted on June 13, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
1. Masonic Temple (1850)
The first Masonic Temple in California was constructed in 1850 on land donated by Alexander Riddell and with lumber donated by Benicia founder Robert Semple.
Source: Historic Downtown Benicia Walking Tour brochure.
— Submitted February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
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