Closing Bell: Masonic Temple in Bushwick Becomes a Landmark

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted to landmark the former Ridgewood Masonic Temple in Bushwick yesterday, according to Curbed. The Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts structure at 1054 Bushwick Avenue, a former Building of the Day, was built in 1920 and designed by Koch & Wagner.

After the Masons abandoned it, it was slated for a condo conversion that never materialized. In the last few years, party promoters have thrown huge bashes and concerts there, and film crews have used it as a set.

The LPC notes that its historic features include a “rusticated stone base, terra-cotta details (including Masonic symbols), two-story arched bays containing multi-pane sashes, Ionic columns at the entry portico, a terra-cotta cornice decorated with an egg-and-dart molding and dentils, and a brick parapet with terra-cotta coping blocks.”

Mysterious Ridgewood Masonic Temple Is Now a Landmark [Curbed]
Building of the Day: 1054 Bushwick Avenue [Brownstoner]
Photo by Christopher D. Brazee for the LPC

One Comment

  • Its a great building and I’m glad that it has been landmarked. I’m wondering how this will effect future conversion to residential – the side street facade has very few windows and I doubt Landmarks will allow a developer to add windows now.