Madison Masonic Center

First Building     301 Wisconsin Ave.     Built ????     Demolished 1923


301 Wisconsin Ave.     Built 1923-25     Madison Landmark     National Register     Neoclassical     James R. & Edward J. Law
Made of Limestone

Freemasons, also known as Masons, are a fraternal organization
Freemasonry traces its roots to the stonemason guilds of the late 16th or early 17th century, at the close of the era of construction of the grand cathedrals in Europe. Tools of the trade - like the iconic square and compass - were adopted as symbols of the organization, which became less tied to actual building than the building of moral men.
The square and compass, originally tools used to gauge the correctness of right angles and to inscribe arcs and circles, are symbols of right living to Freemasons. Masons “square” their actions in dealing with others, and “circumscribe” their conduct within the bounds of good moral character.
The square and compass often circumscribe a capital “G,” that for Masons stands for the elemental presence of geometry or God. Masons must profess a belief in a Supreme Being, “the one true living God,” which is defined as the traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Some Christian denominations frown upon the group - Catholic officials still say membership is “irreconcilable” with Catholicism - but Canfield says religion, as such, is never discussed at Masonic gatherings.
The Zor Shriners, also a Masonic group, outgrew the center and built a separate facility on the west side in the 1980s.