Oconomowoc Masonic Center

 © Photographed September 30, 2014
Erected 1998 by Waukesha County Historical Society
Funded by Oconomowoc Lodge #42 F & AM
and the Harmony Club (Free Masons from the Oconomowoc area)
Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
43° 6.846′ N, 88° 29.968′ W
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UPDATE October 23, 2016
The marker has been removed and the building
is under renovation. 

OCONOMOWOC
MASONIC CENTER
Built by Mississippi riverboat Captain John Scudder in 1895 as a summer residence it was locally known as “Scudder’s cottage.” Every room had a fireplace. Distinguished guests were Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), songwriter Alfred Robyn, composer Percieval Thorne, and local opera star William Wegener to name a few.

Sold to Kohl family (theater chain family) in 1920.

Acquired by Oconomowoc Lodge #42 F & AM in 1922.

The veranda on the West and South sides was removed.

The original narrow clapboard siding has been replaced.

The oval window in the triangular gable has survived.

It is the meeting place for all masonic groups in Oconomowoc.
The marker is on the grounds of the Oconomowoc Masonic Center located on northbound North Lake Street / Wisconsin Highway 67, north of its intersection with West Wisconsin Avenue / Wisconsin Highway 16, at 307 North Lake Road, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 53066.

Lake County NOW (July 25, 2014): Historic Oconomowoc Masonic lodge is back on the market
NOTE: I was in Oconomowoc in November 2014, and the "For Sale" sign was still out on the front lawn.

This marker is No. 24-02 in a series of historical markers erected by the Waukesha County Historical Society.

 The marker is in front of the Masonic Center.


The gorgeous house next door.
This is probably what Captain Scudder's home looked like before
the Masons removed the veranda on the west and south sides.

 The marker is located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

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