Freemasonry Forsaken: 16 Abandoned Masonic Lodges, Temples & Halls

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They were once grand halls of a secret society, many with an opulent architecture that befitted a club descended from a stonemason's guild. After peaking in 1959, the number of Freemasons has fallen dramatically, and declining membership makes it difficult to fill large temples, much less maintain them. Once a man cave for the entire community, they now sit empty and unused.

(Image credit: Flickr user Phillip)

Many of these buildings, long ago erected with pride, have fallen in ruin. Some have been repurposed, and some have been demolished, but they've also been photographed by urban explorers so we can view them in their twilight state. See a selection of abandoned masonic temples from around the world at Urban Ghosts.

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I witnessed the closing of two Rotary clubs as the average age became "deceased". The lack of interest comes from two trends: 1. Better communications: radio, telephone, television and Internet. 2. Losing the commitment to do business with club members.
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Tempus fugit and sadly some things pass on. It's not just the Masons, but most fraternal organizations and even Vet's groups are in decline. The younger generations do not seem to have any interest in them. My Dad was in the Masons and was Master of his Lodge. I belong to the Elks and was Exalted Ruler of my lodge in 1989. They all provided some sort of communal fellowship that I think is lacking these days.
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