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Waukegan Masonic Temple
 220 N. Sheridan Road

220 N. Sheridan Road
Built 1920
Landmarked April 20, 2009

On March 7, 1919, the Board of Directors of the Waukegan Masonic Temple Association voted to purchase the "Dickinson property" from William I. and Charles R. Lyon who operated C.R. Lyon & Sons, located on Genesee Street. Samuel Schwartz purchased the old Temple on February 2, 1920 for $21,500 and allowed the Masonic bodies to remain until the new Temple was completed. Mancel Talcott was Secretary of a building committee with Thomas Arthur Simpson as Chairman, to raise funds and oversee the construction. Other committee members were Charles L. Whyte, Treasurer; William S. Watrous; Jay L. Brewster; Alva L. Rogers; Ray Whitney; Dr. Charles E. Daniels; Clarence S. Alshuler; Arthur E. Stripe and John S. Banta. E.E. Roberts of Chicago was selected as the architect and Hanson Brothers, also of Chicago, was the contractor for the new Temple for $136,000. The cornerstone was laid April 24, 1920.

An elaborate, four story Masonic Temple was completed and occupied in 1921. It had a large entry hall and separate lounge area on the first floor along with a ballroom equipped with a complete stage. The second floor had a small Lodge room and lounge and the third floor a beautiful large Lodge room boasting a huge pipe organ, donated by the Eastern Star. The fourth floor was locker rooms and storage. There were numerous offices and store rooms throughout. The basement had a large kitchen and dining room. Old newspaper articles show that this building was one of the centers of social activity in Waukegan at the time. A fundraising Ball was held there on Halloween night in 1924 for the new Victory Memorial Hospital, now known as Vista East Hospital.

The Temple served well until Masonic activity began to decline after 1960. There were bursts of half-hearted attempts to sell it and build a smaller Temple for several years The Temple was sold in March of 1982 to Bill and Jack O'Shea of Elk Grove Village for $30,000 and now owned by Ron and Kathy Rice of Northbrook. The Temple has remained vacant ever since.

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