Overlooking the Boston Common is the majestic, Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts. One of oldest institutions in downtown Boston, the current building at 186 Tremont Street is the third Grand Lodge structure erected on the site. Built in 1898, it houses many treasures of great historical significance. It has six meeting halls, a research library dedicated to Freemasonry, and the administrative offices for the Grand Lodge and other Masonic bodies and programs. The building and library are open to the public, and tours are available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm.
Buildings Like This Aren’t Made Anymore
When you visit the current building, you’ll see why we say that no words can do it justice. Suffice it to say that buildings like this one — with its precise attention to detail, ornate fixtures, and expert craftsmanship — just aren’t made any more.
Inside the Building
Once you walk inside the building, you’ll be in the Grand Lodge Lounge which is adorned with tessellated squares of black and white Terrazzo, punctuated by an attractive fountain with colored light and glass cases that display classic Masonic memorabilia. Also on the first floor is the Paul Revere banquet hall, decorated with a portrait of Revere and many eminent Freemasons.