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Masonic Lodge

1 First Street, Emerson, Manitoba, R0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1997/03/11

View of the main entrance of the Masonic Lodge, Emerson, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
Main Entrance
View of the main profile of the Masonic Lodge, Emerson, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
View of the southeast profile of the Masonic Lodge, Emerson, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
Southeast Profile

Other Name(s)

Masonic Lodge
One First Street
1, 1ère Rue

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Construction Date(s)

1921/01/01 to 1921/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/07/29

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The neat wood-frame Masonic Lodge, constructed in 1921 and later expanded, is centrally located in a residential neighbourhood east of Emerson's downtown. Situated on a small corner lot, the one-storey building is distinguished by its red and white finishes and a few towering fir trees in its front yard. The site's municipal designation applies to the building and its two lots.

Heritage Value

The Masonic Lodge in Emerson is one of the few remaining intact Freemasonry lodges in Manitoba and a good illustration of the type of facility that served this fraternal organization throughout the province. The classically detailed lodge, with its 1948 addition, retains its original character as well as the symbolic furnishings, finishes and regalia used by members of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in their rituals and meetings.

Source: The Town of Emerson By-law No. 97/7, March 11, 1997

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the site include:
- placement of the structure on the northeast corner of 1st and Dominion streets in Emerson, with its front facing west and the grassed lot with tall fir trees at the front entrance

Key elements that define the external heritage character of the Masonic Lodge include:
- the complex's formal composition and simplified design, its gable-roofed section and flat-roofed section with front and rear parapets integrated by a cladding of red insulbrick over diagonal tongue-and-groove wood siding, with contrasting white-painted details
- the wooden pilasters, wide sills and continuous modillioned wood cornice dividing all elevations into bays
- the front porch with a semi-circular roof supported by wooden columns and a single entrance door
- the rectangular three-part window sets with transoms in plain wooden surrounds on the front and rear elevations; also, the small round windows with wooden keystones in the gable ends
- the modest materials and ornamentation, including the concrete foundation, buff-coloured brick chimney with a corbelled cap, red brick chimney, modillion detailing in the gable ends and porch roof, etc.

Key elements that recall the lodge's original function and internal heritage character include:
- the Masonic symbols, including the trademark compass and square emblem, with the letter 'G' in the centre, above the entrance and the light-blue porch roof and trim on the front of the cornice
- the intact spaces of the front antechamber
- the large back meeting room with an open-space floor plan; high truncated ceiling and walls, the upper halves of which are painted light blue and the lower halves finished with a grey lining; the red linoleum flooring with a black border; and raised platforms of various heights placed at the ends and sides of the hall
- the intact symbolic fixtures and furnishings, including the centre altar and kneeler, the pedestals placed at various stations, the chairs (some finished in blue velvet), the hardwood desk, ashlar masonry, gavels, ballot box, regalia used for meetings, etc.
- the north-side multi-purpose room, with plain white-painted walls and dark ceiling




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (MB)

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Site

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1948/01/01 to 1948/12/31

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Community Organizations

Function - Category and Type




Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Emerson, PO Box 340 Emerson, MB R0A 0L0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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