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The Eau Claire Temple of Free Masonry has been the headquarters of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite – Valley of Eau Claire since its construction in 1927. This historic building was designed by renowned architect, Edward G. Hancock, specifically to provide facilities for the Scottish Rite. The four Valley of Eau Claire Scottish Rite bodies were chartered between 1922 and 1924. Then came the task of providing an appropriate home. This 47,000 square foot Classic Revival style building is faced with white Indiana limestone with most floors of terrazzo. It contains the auditorium, wardrobe, a grand ballroom, small dining room, commercial kitchen, classroom, offices, three lounges, and two Symbolic Lodge rooms. The larger of the two lodge rooms is the home for the Eau Claire York Rite. In today’s dollars it would cost $11,750,000 to replicate this building. It has been designated by the Eau Claire Landmarks Commission as a historical landmark in the City of Eau Claire and by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1988 to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This historic building is now owned by a separate non-profit corporation managed by an 18 member board of directors in which 3 trustees each from the three Eau Claire lodges, the two York Rite Bodies and the Valley of Eau Claire serve as directors. The cost to maintain this historic home to many Masonic organizations is shared by the Masonic organizations which use the building on a per capita basis according to membership of which the Valley of Eau Claire is about two-thirds.

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