Old Masonic Hall

The Masons once held their private meetings upstairs in Old Masonic Hall, which reopened as a multipurpose arts facility in 2015. The top floor is now home to yoga, dance, and healing arts classes, with workshops in 3D-sketching, graphic arts, writing, and kids’ camps taking place downstairs. There are also administrative offices, a warming kitchen, and rotating gallery exhibitions. Built in 1892, the structure originally held a grocery store and the medical offices of BA Arbogast—a doctor, coroner, and school superintendent. Little historic material was salvageable when the building was rehabilitated, but Arts District planners recovered two windows and some original beams, and used historically appropriate details, including a storefront based on old photos, and a tin ceiling, to recreate its historic look.

Photos: Liam Doran
Video: TV8 Summit Television