Masonic Temple Building (Lansing, Michigan)

The Masonic Temple Building, located at 217 South Capitol Avenue in Lansing, Michigan, is a former Masonic building constructed in 1924. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1][2]

Masonic Temple Building
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Masonic Temple Building (Lansing, Michigan) is located in Michigan
Masonic Temple Building (Lansing, Michigan)
Masonic Temple Building (Lansing, Michigan) is located in the United States
Masonic Temple Building (Lansing, Michigan)
Location217 S. Capitol Ave.,
Lansing, Michigan
Coordinates42°43′55″N 84°33′12″W / 42.73194°N 84.55333°W / 42.73194; -84.55333Coordinates: 42°43′55″N 84°33′12″W / 42.73194°N 84.55333°W / 42.73194; -84.55333
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectEdwyn A. Bowd
Architectural styleClassical Revival
MPSDowntown Lansing MRA
NRHP reference No.80001868[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 17, 1980
Designated MSHSMay 15, 1987


Lansing's Masonic community was established in 1849. They constructed their first temple at the turn of the twentieth century, and constructed this much larger one in 1924. The building was designed by Lansing architect Edwyn A. Bowd. The building was purchased by Cooley Law School in 1974.[3] They continued to use the building until 2008, and put it up for sale in 2014.[4]


The former Lansing Masonic Temple is a seven-story, Classical Revival structure clad with limestone in the front and buff-colored brick on the sides and rear. The main facade has a lower basement containing a recessed entry, above which is a pedimented, antae-decorated block. Anthemion and acroterion motifs are repeated along the roofline and metal grills in the pediment frieze. The temple's interior was extensively altered by Cooley Law School to house classrooms and offices.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Michigan State Historic Site Archived 2012-06-12 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form: Masonic Temple Building
  4. ^ Ken Palmer (December 22, 2014). "Law school plans to sell former Masonic Temple building". Lansing State Journal.

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