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127-0019 Masons' Hall

Masons' Hall
Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 01/16/1973

NRHP Listing Date 07/20/1973

NRHP Reference Number 73002220

Standing aloof from the bustle of the surrounding restaurants and shops of Richmond’s Shockoe Valley, Masons’ Hall is the oldest Masonic hall in continuous use in the country, being completed in 1787. Edmund Randolph and John Marshall belonged to what was originally Lodge No. 13, and the marquis de Lafayette was made an honorary member when he visited the hall in 1824. The late Georgian building, capped by a jaunty cupola, was remodeled in the mid-19th-century, when much of its exterior trim was replaced by Greek Revival work. However, the remarkable interior, decked out in Masonic paraphernalia on all three floors, retains much original fabric of interest. The building is now the home of Richmond Randolph Lodge No. 19.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: June 29, 2021