Bellaire Lodge #398
The Temple is not the oldest building in the Village but is one of only a few old buildings still standing after assorted fires and other reconstruction projects.
The building was built in 1904. Ira Adams owned the hotel next door and added this structure to provide space for travelling salesmen to set up their display trunks. Note the bell mounted on the roof. This was the village fire alarm.
Ira's daughter deed the land and building to the Masonic Temple Association in 1943. Previously, the lodge had met in rented space. When the Hemstreet's, for instance, had built their store, roughly where the video store or the post-office now sits, they had deliberately provided for space for the Lodge on the second floor.
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