Elgin's Masonic Temple Cornerstone

Elgin's Masonic Temple Cornerstone (HM1714)

Location: Elgin, IL 60120 Kane County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 2.462', W 88° 16.657'

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Dedicated 1926

In 1926 a grand hall was erected as the new home for two local Masonic organizations — the Elgin Lodge #117 and the Monitor Lodge #552. At the time, the new Masonic Temple was Elgin's largest indoor meeting space. In addition to lodge functions, it was the site of many public concerts, performances, banquets, meetings and ceremonies of all types, including Elgin High School graduations. For thousands of Elginites, the building held many special memories.

In 1990, when the Masons could no longer afford to maintain it, the building was sold. The two lodges relocated to nearby communities and a series of small businesses and churches occupied the building. One of these churches objected to the Masonic symbols on the building. In 2005 they removed the cornerstone and large terra cotta Masonic emblem from the facade and all the symbolism from the interior.
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HM NumberHM1714
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 8:10am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 394257 N 4655121
Decimal Degrees42.04103333, -88.27761667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 2.462', W 88° 16.657'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 2' 27.72" N, 88° 16' 39.42" W
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Area Code(s)847, 224
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 350 Park St, Elgin IL 60120, US
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