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Friday, October 21, 2016

Massachusetts Lodge Is Unique Local Landmark

While most of us think of Masonic lodges built after about 1950 as being less inspired architectural landmarks compared to the grander temples of the first third of the 20th century, there are standouts from later periods. Not every post 50s temple has been a steel, prefabricated pole barn in a cornfield.

Last weekend on October 15th, the brethren of Social Harmony Lodge in Wareham, Massachusetts joined with many other Massachusetts lodges to celebrate a statewide Masonic open house, allowing the public an opportunity to come in, look around, and ask their questions. The unique structure is a landmark in the town.

The lodge was originally chartered in 1823 in nearby Middleboro before moving to Wareham a few years later. It was located in various sites in the town, including one on Main Street where it was situated for more than a century before finally moving to its present location in 1964. They currently have about 140 members on the rolls.

(While somewhat smaller in size, it is reminiscent of the similar A-frame design of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA, below.)

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