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Rochester in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Masonic Block

 
 
Masonic Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 4, 2016
1. Masonic Block Marker
Inscription. Built in 1899-1900, the Masonic Block was designed by Edward R. Prall. The Rochester Building Association raised funds for the project. Among its leaders were William Clark Chapman, general manager of Western Knitting Mills and twentieth village president; Enos R. Mathews, ninth village president and former Avon Township Supervisor; and Harvey J. Taylor, a local hardware dealer and farmer. The building's earliest tenants included the Rochester Savings Bank, the U.S. Post Office and the Free and Accepted Masons.
 
Erected 1988 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1442.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 40.848′ N, 83° 8.011′ W. Marker is in Rochester, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of East 4th Street and South Main Street (Michigan Highway 150), on the left when traveling east on East 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 South Main Street, Rochester MI 48307, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rochester Opera House (a few steps from this marker); Three-faced Clock (within
Masonic Block and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 4, 2016
2. Masonic Block and Marker
Marker is above the fire hydrant.
shouting distance of this marker); Rollin Sprague Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); City of Rochester, Michigan (about 600 feet away); Western Knitting Mills (about 600 feet away); Township Hall (about 800 feet away); The Hammer (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Vandeventer House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
 
Also see . . .
1. Main Street Stories: Masonic Block. Article on the Remembering Rochester blog about the Masonic Block. (Submitted on October 5, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

2. Preliminary Historic District Study Committee Report: Masonic Block Local Historic District. The "History of the District" section contains more information about tenants of the Masonic Block. (Submitted on October 5, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 5, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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