#FieldTripFriday: One Church Street
Last week we took a trip to a very prominent building on Church Street. One Church Street, with over 50,000 square feet over seven stories has nearly 130 years of history as a former Masonic Temple. We wanted to know what has gone on since its construction and operation as a Masonic Temple. Here are our top 3 takeaways:
- The massive building cost $87,500 to build in 1898, equivalent to $2.41 million in today’s currency. It was called the Grand Lodge and had a two-story auditorium where Masonic rituals took place.
- The entire building was constructed without insulation. During the peak of winter, it took an entire railroad car full of coal to heat it every single day.
- In 1985 Paul Frank and Collins Law Office purchased the building due to declining membership and invested $3 million into insulation and renovations while maintaining its historical value. We found a great photo that revealed the company that listed the building was none other than Hickok and Boardman Realty!
We want to thank Ben Gould, an attorney at PFC Law, for giving us the tour and sharing some historic photos with us.
Fun Fact: 50 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence and 14 presidents were Free Masons.