Masonic Lodge Harbour Grace No. 476 A.F. and A.M., S.C is a nineteenth century, gable roofed fraternal building located on Victoria Street, Harbour Grace, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land
Masonic Lodge Harbour Grace No. 476 A.F. and A.M., S.C was designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Harbour Grace due to its historic and aesthetic value.
Masonic Lodge Harbour Grace No. 476 A.F. and A.M., S.C has historic value because of its age. Opened on December 29, 1868 this fraternal lodge housed the Freemasons of Harbour Grace and surrounding areas. This building is identified as the oldest wooden Masonic building in Canada, and an inscription on the base of the right, front pillar reads: “Presented to Lodge Harbour Grace No. 476 S.C by the Grand Lodge of Scotland, AF and AM in recognition of being identified as the oldest wooden Masonic building in Canada constructed circa 1867, unveiled by Bro. W. Rex Cotter RWDGM, June 9, 2004.”
Masonic Lodge Harbour Grace No. 476 A.F. and A.M., S.C has aesthetic value because it is a good surviving example of a wooden fraternal lodge. It is a large two-storey wooden hall on a stone foundation, with a steeply pitched gable roof. The exterior features narrow clapboard, eave dentils on the front, rear, and sides, and pilasters at the corners. A circular emblem with an inscribed five-pointed star in the front gable identifies the lodge to other members. Lettering over the main entrance reads “LODGE HARBOUR GRACE NO.476″. The Masonic Lodge Harbour Grace No. 476 A.F. and A.M., S.C also has a flagpole in the front gable extending above the roof peak. This building has a center gable end entrance, double door with top light, and a large moulded lintel supported on metal posts. Windows are 6/6 with labels and a central, square Palladian window flanks the center of the gable end, directly above the front door.
Source: Town of Harbour Grace Council Meeting January 10, 2006; Town of Harbour Grace Regular Public Council Meeting, September 20, 2022.
Character Defining Elements
All those elements that encompass the wooden, fraternal building style, including:
-steeply pitched gable roof;
-all window and door openings;
-Palladian square windows;
-all identifying and commemorative inscriptions;
-diagonal plank double doors, and;
-location, dimensions, general massing and orientation.
Location and History
Town of Harbour Grace
18 Victoria Street
1868 - 1868
Rectangular Short Façade