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H.C. Lewis Art Gallery / Masonic Temple

 
 
H.C. Lewis Art Gallery / Masonic Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 14, 2017
1. H.C. Lewis Art Gallery / Masonic Temple Marker
Inscription.
H.C. Lewis Art Gallery
Businessman Henry Clay Lewis and his wife, Alma, built the original part of this structure in 1869 to house their extensive art collection and make it available to the public. The Italianate building complimented the Lewises' adjacent home. Upon Alma's death on 1895, most of the art was donated to the University of Michigan in accordance with Henry's will. The building served as a Y.M.C.A. from 1896 until 1913, when it became the Masonic Temple.

Masonic Temple
The Tyre Lodge #18 Free and Accepted Masons of Coldwater organized in 1847. In 1867, Coldwater Masons and their female relatives formed the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter that became the oldest continuous Eastern Star chapter in the world. In 1913, Coldwater Masons and Eastern Stars bought the Y.M.C.A. building that had been the H.C. Lewis Art Gallery. Architect Maurice Carney redesigned the Italianate-style structure into a Mission-style building.
 
Erected 2014 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L2258.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 41° 56.431′ 
H.C. Lewis Art Gallery / Masonic Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 14, 2017
2. H.C. Lewis Art Gallery / Masonic Temple Marker
N, 84° 59.931′ W. Marker is in Coldwater, Michigan, in Branch County. Marker is at the intersection of East Chicago Street (U.S. 12) and North Hudson Street, on the right when traveling west on East Chicago Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45 East Chicago Street, Coldwater MI 49036, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Michigan Library Association (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Coldwater Michigan National Guard Armory Memorial (about 400 feet away); Frank D. Newberry (about 400 feet away); Branch County World War I Memorial (about 400 feet away); Old Sam (about 400 feet away); Richard L. Bettinger Memorial Gardens (about 400 feet away); The City of Coldwater, 1861-1961 (about 400 feet away); Loomis' Battery (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coldwater.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicFraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
Masonic Temple and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 14, 2017
3. Masonic Temple and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 18, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
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