On Oct. 20, 2013, King David’s Lodge No. 209 in San Luis Obispo marked a significant milestone: the centennial of their lodge building.
Designed by architect John Davis Hatch and erected in 1913, the neoclassical Masonic temple on Marsh Street holds fascinating historic significance for both Masons and the San Luis Obispo community. A number of notable public figures were members of the lodge in its early days. This building is the lodge’s fourth location in the city.
Community members were invited to tour the temple – which maintains its early 20th century features – and to view a formal rededication ceremony. Led by Grand Master John L. Cooper, the ceremony was attended by Masonic dignitaries statewide. The lodge displayed a variety of historic items, including Knights Templar ribbons and pins from 1904. Lodge members also opened a 100 year-old time capsule, which contained newspaper articles and other artifacts of local significance.
To learn more about the celebration and the lodge’s history, read an article in The Tribune, listen to an interview on the Dave Congalton Show (fast forward to 36 minutes, 40 seconds), and view a video from a firefighter who assisted with removing the time capsule from the cornerstone.Photo: Grand Master John L. Cooper receiving the rededication plaque at Kind David's Lodge No. 209 this past October.