Norman Lodge originally met at 117 South Peters Ave., an address that no longer exists. The building was located at Peters and Comanche on the west side of what is now the Norman Transcript property. The Lodge room was located on the second floor. The cornerstone (dated 1916) from this building was moved to our new location and installed just outside the entrance to our Lodge where it currently stands today. The contents (a cornerstone is filled with symbolic materials during the installation ceremony), including a roster of members from 1916, have been carefully preserved. Norman Masonic Lodge currently meets at the second permanent Masonic temple erected in our city, located at 1700 North Porter. John W. Preble, Grand Master of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons in Oklahoma, was instrumental in the construction of this building in the early 1970s. The building he originally proposed was a three-story building (architect's rendering shown below) with over 23,000 square feet, two lodge rooms and vast space for leasing to public businesses. On October 7, 1963, the Lodge meet to discuss the plans and concerns for such a massive structure.
Ultimately, a scaled-down, yet still imposing structure was agreed upon. The current building is 11,953 square feet on 7.5 acres and includes a 2800 square foot lodge room. The dining area can seat 300 people, we have a men's and women's lounge, a beautiful well-stocked library and our various orders have offices and store rooms. The need to accommodate additional Masonic organizations started early at Norman Lodge. On March 12, 1898, Lion Chapter # 24 Royal Arch Masons received a charter and met at Norman Masonic Lodge. In 1914, charters were issued for Norman Council No. 27 and Norman Commandery No. 38.
Today, the Norman Lodge building also serves as a home to DeMolay International, Job’s Daughters International, the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, and the Order of the Eastern Star, Lodge Veritas No. 556 AF & AM of Oklahoma, Veritas Chapter No. 103, Norman Council No. 27, Norman Commandery No. 38, and King Solomon lodge No 57. It is clear that Norman Lodge and Freemasonry has been a prominent and supportive fixture in our city for more than one-hundred years. The men of Norman Lodge have always been dedicated, bright and leaders in their fields. While no man knows what tomorrow may bring, Norman Lodge will always be there with open doors and a helping hand.
Norman Lodge is now holding a fundraiser for our building. Current, or future Masonic edifices in Norman will rely on the good nature and charity of our members, friends, and neighbors. Please help us sustain and grow Masonry in Oklahoma and in Norman into the future.
***Symbols in the Medals/Natioanls Catergory will NOT fit on 4x8 bricks***