Then and Now: Braidwood Masonic Lodge
September 26, 2012 11:46PM
The Braidwood Masonic Lodge. from David Belden and the Local History Project digital collections
Updated: October 28, 2012 6:55AM
Freemasonry in the United States is as old as our country, and Masonic Lodges are found in many communities across America. Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that is widely involved in charity and community service activities. As the Braidwood-Coal City area was settled, the Braidwood Lodge No. 704 came into existence. Chartered in 1873, the first meeting place of the Lodge was a two-story frame building on Main Street, just west of the present Masonic Temple. In 1914, a two-story brick building, designed by John H. Barnes, shown in the Then photograph, was built just east of the old building. The Now photograph shows the Masonic Lodge building, 173 E. Main St., as it looks today.
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