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Masonic Lodge & State Theater

100 N Main St

— Historic Main Street —

 
 
Masonic Lodge & State Theater Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, October 25, 2021
1. Masonic Lodge & State Theater Marker
Inscription.  Originally built for Columbia Masonic Lodge No. 474, this 1882 building had three stories. The Masons used the two upper floors for meetings, and the first floor as a refreshment parlor until the 1930s and 40s. It then housed the Columbia Grill Restaurant, a favorite hangout for young people. The building was then altered to house the State Theater which remained until 1953 when a fire destroyed most of the upper third floor. Later, the First National Bank remodeled and moved into the first floor. To the left of the building stood Arnin's General Store which later became the second location of the Columbia Grill then finally a Ben Franklin store before its removal.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
 
Location. 38° 26.587′ N, 90° 11.994′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Illinois, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and East Legion Street, on the right when traveling north on North
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Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 N Main St, Columbia IL 62236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schneider House (a few steps from this marker); First National Bank (a few steps from this marker); Arlington Hotel & Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Vogt Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Rose's Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Tunze Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbia Star Printing Co (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Miller-Fiege Home (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Masonic Lodge & State Theater Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, October 25, 2021
2. Masonic Lodge & State Theater Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 25, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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