The Historic Oshkosh Masonic Temple opened in May 1926. Designed in the neoclassical style by local architects Auler, Jensen and Brown, and built by C.R. Meyer and Sons, the new building cost more than $250,000, nearly $3.5 million in today’s dollars. A state-of-the-art building, it contained several exciting, new conveniences, including an early form of air conditioning called a swamp cooler, as well as one of the area’s first elevators, which still passes regular inspection and is used today. Inside, there are dining rooms, kitchens, lounges, and billiard rooms. The main ballroom, with its elevated stage and expansive two-story ceiling, seats more than four hundred people. Official meetings and masonic ceremonies are held in two elaborate lodge rooms, complete with balcony seating and ornate decorative features. There's also a museum containing masonic artifacts and histories. You can even find a Cold War era civil defense fallout shelter in the basement.
In addition to the Freemasons and other appendant bodies, the building is currently used as a community center. Here are some of the things housed within the Temple. Boy Scout Troop 601 Girl Scout Troop 2414 The Eagles Auxiliary Bird Fest Oshkosh Area School District Art Show The Oshkosh Madrigals and more community events to come!
York Rite Library & Museum, Inc. Centennial Fund- Provides funding for the endowment to maintain and restore the building long-term. York Rite Library & Museum, Inc. Restoration Fund-Provides funding for the immediate maintenance and restoration of the building.
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If you would like to donate in person please click here The York Right Library & Museum, Inc. is a non-profit organization with all funds going directly back into foster educational pursuits within the greater Oshkosh community, maintaining and preserving our historic building.
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