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Littleton in Arapahoe County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Weston Masonic Lodge

 
 
Weston Masonic Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2021
1. Weston Masonic Lodge Marker
Inscription.  
The Weston Lodge Number 22 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons was organized in Littleton in 1872. It was named for Allyn Weston, a Harvard graduate who had published a Masonic magazine in Detroit before moving to Colorado in 1860 to practice law in Central City. For $200 a year, the lodge rented the second floor of J. D. Hill's general store. The Masons were caretakers of the Littleton Cemetery from the 1860's to 1888.

As the lodge membership grew to 112 by 1913, fundraising for new quarters was instigated. In 1920 Ivy Hunt donated the building site at what is now 5718 South Rapp Street. The Grand Lodge of Colorado laid the cornerstone on April 23, 1921. Harry Thomas of Englewood designed the building, a two-story red fired brick structure. The first floor was devoted to entrance halls, club, kitchen and a banquet room. The second floor contained anterooms and the meeting hall.

The Classical Revival brick building boasts a number of interesting and intricate architectural features. Perhaps most noticeable is the checkerboard, variegated brick work with the Masonic symbol (compass, square and G) inset above the classical

Weston Masonic Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2021
2. Weston Masonic Lodge Marker
(looking west • West Littleton Boulevard & Santa Fe Drive in the background • Weston Masonic Lodge is located beyond image frame to the right)
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portico entrance. Above each window on the façade is a different Masonic symbol. The first lodge meeting in the new building was on August 20, 1921. The Weston Lodge continues to meet in this building.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCemeteries & Burial SitesFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
 
Location. 39° 36.788′ N, 105° 1.208′ W. Marker is in Littleton, Colorado, in Arapahoe County. Marker is at the intersection of South Rapp Street and West Littleton Boulevard, on the right when traveling south on South Rapp Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5718 South Rapp Street, Littleton CO 80120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. J. D. Hill General Store (here, next to this marker); A Memorial to the Pioneers (within shouting distance of this marker); Littleton, Colorado Post Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Good, The Bad, and the Hungry (approx. ¼ mile away); Rough and Ready (approx. ¼ mile away); Public Transportation (approx. ¼ mile away); Denver & Rio Grande Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); Arapahoe County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Littleton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Masonic Lodge. For its 100th anniversary in 1973,
Weston Masonic Lodge Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2021
3. Weston Masonic Lodge Cornerstone
(mounted at northwest corner of building)
Laid by the M.W. Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. of Colorado
April 23 AD 1921 AL 5912
it published a history of the lodge, Weston Lodge Number 22, A. F. & A. M., 1872-1973. On October 27, 2012, members of the Weston Lodge celebrated the designation of their building as a historic landmark and its 140th anniversary with a ceremonial cornerstone re-dedication. (Submitted on July 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. A Brief History of Weston Lodge #22. The first Master of Weston Lodge #22 was Joseph W. Bowles (for whom Bowles Avenue is named). Another prominent member of the Lodge was Lewis B. Ames (for whom Ames Street is named) and he served as Master for four years, 1879 through 1882. Henry H. Curtice (for whom Curtice Street is named) was also a charter member and Master of the Lodge. The second petition received was for Charles Rapp (for whom Rapp Avenue is named). (Submitted on July 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
City of Littleton Historic Landmark plaque image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2021
4. City of Littleton Historic Landmark plaque
(mounted below cornerstone at northwest corner of building)
Weston Lodge No 22 (<i>inscription over front portico</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2021
5. Weston Lodge No 22 (inscription over front portico)
Weston Lodge No 22
A F and A M
Manzanita Chapter OES 85
Weston Masonic Lodge (<i>west elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2021
6. Weston Masonic Lodge (west elevation)
Weston Masonic Lodge (<i>northwest elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2021
7. Weston Masonic Lodge (northwest elevation)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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