Masonic Temple Building (Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, North Carolina)

The Masonic Temple Building located at 133 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, North Carolina was the state's first reinforced concrete skyscraper. Constructed in 1907 by Masons, the building represents the growth of Raleigh in the early 20th century and rise of the influence of Masons. The Masonic Temple Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and is a Raleigh Historic Landmark.[1]

Masonic Temple Building
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Modern view of the Masonic Temple Building
Masonic Temple Building (Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, North Carolina) is located in North Carolina
Masonic Temple Building (Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, North Carolina)
Masonic Temple Building (Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, North Carolina) is located in the United States
Masonic Temple Building (Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, North Carolina)
LocationRaleigh, North Carolina
Coordinates35°46′26.83″N 78°38′12.47″W / 35.7741194°N 78.6367972°W / 35.7741194; -78.6367972Coordinates: 35°46′26.83″N 78°38′12.47″W / 35.7741194°N 78.6367972°W / 35.7741194; -78.6367972
Built1907
ArchitectCharles McMillan, architect; Carolina Construction Co., builder
Part ofFayetteville Street Historic District (ID07001412)
NRHP reference No.84002533[1]
Added to NRHPMay 3, 1979

It's one of two Raleigh places of the same name on the National Register of Historic Places, the other being the Masonic Temple Building located on Blount Street, which was also built in 1907.[2]

HistoryEdit

 
Masonic Temple Building historic view

The seven-story Masonic Temple Building was designed by South Carolina architect Charles McMillan and built by Carolina Construction Co. Upon completion, the building was praised for its innovative construction due to the use of reinforced concrete, a new concept in building materials. The design is a conservative and classic example of the tri-partite skyscraper composition developed by Louis Sullivan. The first three floors are covered with Indiana limestone. The rest of the building consists of light brick ornamented with terra cotta.[3]

Two years after the founding of Raleigh, the first Masonic lodge was built. Due to increased membership, the Masons raised funds for the construction of a new temple. The Masonic Temple Building, once used by local lodges and the state Grand Lodge, contained retailers on the first floor and offices throughout the rest of the building. The Masons sold the property in 1951 and relocated to the former Josephus Daniels House. Today, the downtown building continues to provide commercial and office space.[4]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  3. ^ Janet Silber; Linda L. Harris & Mary Ann Lee (March 1979). "Masonic Temple Building" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  4. ^ "Masonic Temple Building". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-11-15.

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