Designated July 22, 2014
The Ridgewood Lodge No. 710, Free and Accepted Masons, also called the Ridgewood Masonic Temple, was constructed in 1919-20 from designs by the architectural firm of Koch & Wagner. The classically-inspired Ridgewood Masonic Temple follows the formula common in the design of fraternal buildings, whereby monumentally-scaled buildings are placed on prominent sites, in this instance a large corner lot on what was a prestigious, neighborhood street at the time of its construction.
The Ridgewood Masonic Temple is a freestanding brick building with an ornate main facade featuring a rusticated stone base, terra-cotta details (including Masonic symbols), two story arched bays containing multi-pane sash, Ionic columns at the entry portico, a terra-cotta cornice decorated with an egg and dart molding and dentils, and a brick parapet with terra-cotta coping blocks.
*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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