Omro Masonic Temple (1892) (19)

 © Photographed April 7, 2017
Omro, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
44.039266,-88.742718

Omro Masonic Temple
160 E. Main Street
1892
The Omro Lodge of the Masonic Order is the city’s oldest fraternal organization, having been chartered in 1867. At first the Lodge occupied a series of rented halls, but in 1891, upset with the high price of these rentals ($10 per month), the members decided to build a hall of their own. A lot was purchased for $600 and a $2,000 loan from member W.W. Race (4) allowed the Lodge to construct the fine cream brick building that is still its home today. The City of Omro purchased the Masonic Lodge in 1999, it houses part of the city’s historical collection. Masonic Temple’s windows were entirely bricked in due to the 1970’s energy crisis, until a few windows were restored in 2000. In 2015, all of the windows were restored due to the collaborating efforts of the City of Omro, Future Omro Chamber-Main Street and Omro Area Historical Society.
The Omro Masonic Temple is located on eastbound East Main Street / Wisconsin Highway 21, at its intersection with Madison Avenue, at 160 East Main Street, Omro, Wisconsin 54963.

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The original marker, photographed September 16, 2014:

© Photographed September 22, 2014
Erected 1995 by Omro Area Historical Society
Omro, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
44.039266,-88.742718

Omro Masonic Temple
160 E. Main Street
1892
The Omro Lodge of the Masonic Order is the city's oldest fraternal organization, having been chartered in 1867. At first the Lodge occupied a series of rented hall, but in 1891, upset with the high price of these rentals ($10 per month), the members decided to build a hall of their own.

A lot was purchased for $600 and a $2,000 loan from member W.W. Race allowed the Lodge to construct the fine cream brick building that is still its home today
This location is No. 3 on the City of Omro Historical Tour.

See also, "Strolling through Omro's Past" for a HistoryPin online tour of all locations in the City of Omro Historical Tour.

The marker is mounted to the facade, to the left of the entrance.


This stately building is difficult to photograph, as it faces due north.

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