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Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge (Masonic Temple)

Address

809 E. 42nd Pl.

Neighborhood

Bronzeville

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: Closed

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Completed

1895

Website

mwphglil.com

Description

Prince Hall Freemasonry was established in the 18th century by and for African Americans who were not welcome in most Masonic organizations at the time. The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Illinois is the supreme governing body for Prince Hall Freemasons in Illinois. It was chartered in 1867. Its current home, a commanding corner building of yellow Roman brick bearing the simple inscription "Freemasons Hall," was completed in 1895. It's been a hub of Masonic and community activity ever since. The building contains meeting rooms and banquet spaces as well as Carter Hall on the top floor—a lovely ceremonial and event space.

Behind the Scenes

See some of the spaces inside this historic center of Freemasonry, including beautiful Carter Hall.