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Masonic Temple

On First Avenue, east of the Cushman Street Bridge, is the landmark Masonic Temple. 

The Tanana Commercial Company built it in 1906, but only owned it for a short while. 

In early Fairbanks, fraternal organizations were popular, and in 1908 the local Masons bought the building to use as their meeting hall.

When the building was extensively remodeled in 1916, the distinctive false front was added. Other additions included luxurious furniture from California and carpeting from Belgium. The current false front looks pretty much as it did in 1916.

The Masonic Temple is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has become too expensive for the Masons to keep up, needing structural repair and new utility work to meet building codes, so the Masons are talking of plans to build a new building and sell the Temple, which of course does not sit well with the historic preservationists!

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