The Masonic Temple in Downtown Battle Creek is a landmark building intimately connected with the surrounding community. The building boasts an all brick façade, with columns and a dated ‘1913' granite marker on the left front corner.
There is a granite boulder on the front lawn with a special brass plaque that reads: "The tablet erected by the citizens of Battle Creek in connection with the centennial celebration 1931, marks the place which was builded, in 1831, the first dwelling in Battle Creek."
I find it interesting that the word ‘Builded' was used in place of ‘Built', but perhaps that was the correct grammar of the day when this was unveiled.
The location of the Masonic Temple in Downtown Battle Creek is more significant by testimony of this sign, than just the architecture itself. The building was erected on the site of the first dwelling in Battle Creek.
The Masonic Temple in Downtown Battle Creek has made their facility available to the public as an event or reception hall, and they offer a full kitchen and have made available several historic rooms for weddings, church gatherings, etc.
I did not take any interior photos out of respect to the Masons who are the caretakers of the place, but the interior is wonderful in many ways with marble floors, and beautiful carved hardwood surfaces. The well cared for interior is a very classic style, mixing the designs of several eras, and genres.
The Masonic Temple in Downtown Battle Creek is located between City Hall and the Justice Center, and has its own parking, and it is easy to find from the M-66 corridor that runs into downtown. Reservations are required to use the facility, but usually scheduling in advance is not a problem.
During the week visitors are welcome to stop by and request a tour, and if the caretaker is there, he will often tell you some history.
When you consider that many of the founding fathers and famous people of our country were Masons, such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Davy Crockett, John Paul Jones, Charles Lindbergh, Marquis De Lafayette, Henry Ford, Andrew Jackson, and even General Douglas MacArthur one feels like one is walking into timelessness of solidarity within the walls of the temple.
The Masonic Temple in Downtown Battle Creek is a solid and stable piece of architecture, right near City Hall, and like the Masons themselves, a great resource for the community.
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