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Gert Elders Interiors & Home Furnishings (Old Masonic Temple)

23 Main Street N, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, S6H, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1984/05/07

Front view of Masonic Temple; Government of Saskatchewan, Lisa Dale-Burnett, 2004.
Masonic Temple, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
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Other Name(s)

Gert Elders Interiors & Home Furnishings (Old Masonic Temple)
Masonic Temple

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Construction Date(s)

1903/01/01 to 1906/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/12/06

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Masonic Temple is a Municipal Heritage Property consisting of two city lots located at 23 Main Street North in Moose Jaw. The designation applies to a two-storey brick building re-constructed in 1922.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the original Masonic Temple lies in its status as the first building to be erected by the Free Masons in Moose Jaw between 1903-1906. Establishment of the Moose Jaw Masonic Lodge occurred in the early 1880’s but it was not until 1903 that the Lodge began to erect the current building. It was gutted by a devastating fire in 1921 but rebuilt on the original site that same year. The Masonic Temple served as the Moose Jaw Lodge’s home for more than half a century. After the Freemason’s vacated the building in 1950 it served as the first home of Moose Jaw’s Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).

The heritage value of the Masonic Temple also lies in its architecture. The Masonic Temple is typical of brick buildings constructed in Moose Jaw after 1891. It was at this time, after a devastating, city-wide fire, that City Council passed a by-law requiring all new buildings to be made of brick . The use of light and dark brick patterns on the second level illustrates the detailed masonry work of the building reflecting its status as the home of the local Freemason lodge.


City of Moose Jaw Bylaw No. 4239 of 1984.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Masonic Temple resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements that represent its association with the Freemason's of Moose Jaw, such as the brick patterns on the front of the building symbolizing the Masonic order;
-those elements that speak to its architecture, such as the detailed brick work, flag pole, and cornice.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1921/01/01 to 1921/12/31
1906/01/01 to 1950/12/31

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Community Organizations

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building


Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club

Architect / Designer

McDonald, George


Lawrence, W.J.

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: PHP 646

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 646



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