Masonic Temple Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Sunday July 11th, 2021

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Windsor Masonic Order temple building on Ouellette Avenue is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The Temple building is a large, three-storey, red brick Neo-Classical Revival style building with limestone trim. Located on Ouellette Avenue in the city core, it has been recognized for its heritage value by the City of Windsor in 1994.

The Masonic Temple was designed by James Carlisle Pennington, a highly regarded local architect. Constructed in 1921-22, it was the first permanent facility for the Masonic Order of the Border Cities. It still functions as a meeting place for Freemasons, as well as hosting banquets, weddings, and concerts.

“Every Mason should feel he is a better Mason because of what he has done towards maintaining this Temple for 100 years,” said Pat Chartier-Temple Board President.

The Neo-Classical Revival style building was designed by Pennington and built by Muxlow and Gale Construction Company. It displays characteristic symmetry and classical elements representing antiquity and permanence. The main facade has eight fluted stone pilasters with capitals. Topped with decorative stone roundels, the columns rise two storeys above the ground floor. The three wooden front doors are adorned with triangular stone pediments.

The Masonic Temple recently been approved for funding of around $60,000 through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for upgrades of the building.

“Many residents of the city have attended events and gatherings at this institution over the past century. Young people going to dances, having their weddings there, numerous fundraising dinners and many other functions. It is part of the collective memory of our city. The Masonic Order should proud that they have been able to maintain it for the purposes it was conceived for. A real milestone has been reached today, and it is due to all the hard work and perseverance of its many members over the decades,” said MP Brian Masse  in a news release.

For booking inquires for future events you can call 519 253-3615.

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