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Fidelity Masonic Lodge #5 Registered Heritage Structure

Fidelity Masonic Lodge #5, Grand Bank, NL
Fidelity Masonic Lodge #5, Grand Bank, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

Fidelity Masonic Lodge #5 is a wooden, 2 storey, Classical Revival building located at 11 Church Street, Grand Bank, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Fidelity Masonic Lodge #5 was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1989 due to its aesthetic and cultural value.

Fidelity Masonic Lodge #5 has aesthetic value for its Classical Revival style. It is the best example of this style applied to a lodge building in Newfoundland. The building features a moulded fascia with plain soffit, pedimented windows and a gable peak on the Church Street elevation displaying the Masonic compasses and square with inset “G” motif, representing the three great lights of Masonry. The gable peak, minus the Masonic insignia, is repeated on the two ends of the building, but not on the rear. In 1991 the Fidelity Lodge was awarded the Southcott Award for heritage restoration by the Newfoundland Historic Trust.

Fidelity Masonic Lodge #5 has cultural value because it has been used by the community for a variety of functions, such as a public gathering place, a courthouse and a Sunday School. The upper floor was strictly used for Masonic functions and the building one of only a few remaining of its kind for the area.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Grand Bank - Fidelity Masonic Lodge #5 – FPT 548”

Character Defining Elements

-Hip roof
-Narrow wooden clapboard
-Pedimented door surround
-Boxed pilasters
-Moulded fascia
-Masonic emblems
-1/1 double hung windows
-all those interior and exterior elements that embody Classical Revival architecture.

Location and History

Community Grand Bank
Municipality Town of Grand Bank
Civic Address 011 Church Street
Significant 1904 - 1905
Samuel Bell
Style Classical Revival
Building Plan Rectangular Short Façade