Madison Masonic Center

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On September 30, 1925, the dedication of the Madison Masonic Center was headlined in the Wisconsin State Journal.  Designed by Madison architects James R. and Edward J. Law, the Masonic Center is an official state and local landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  (Read more by clicking here.) 
    Today, this landmark building continues to house the activities of Freemasonry and is also available to the community as a downtown resource for events and meetings. 

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We are located at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and E. Johnson Street, just two blocks
North of the Capital Square in Madison. 
Our parking lot is located behind the building and is accessible from E. Johnson Street.

Mail can be sent to:
Madison Masonic Center
301 Wisconsin Avenue
Madison WI 53703

Contact Debbie Wagner, Business Manager, for more information on our facilities.   
Phone (608) 256-5734
History of the Madison Masonic Center
(as published in the Temple Tidings, 2010)
by Michael T. Heitke, Director
Robert Monteith Masonic Library and Museum

In 1891, the First Presbyterian Church on Wisconsin Avenue was purchased and remodeled into a Masonic Temple.  In 1915, Brothers James and Edward Law, of Law and Law Architects, drew up plans for a new Masonic Temple.  World War I interrupted the plans for a new Temple.  After the war, Law and Law Architects drew up new plans for an even larger Temple.  In November 1922, the plans were announced to build a new Masonic Temple that would cost at least $500,000. On the afternoon of May 14, 1923, the first shovel of earth was lifted by Brother John H. Corscot which started the construction of the new building.

The Cornerstone of the Madison Temple of Freemasonry was laid October 31, 1923.  Charles F. Lamb, Grand Master, presided.  John H. Corscot, Past Grand Master, acted as Grand Master in laying the stone.  Charles E. Whelan, Past Grand Master, delivered the address.  

The structure size of the building is 112 feet wide and 182 feet long.  The land acquired, prior to the building of the Temple, cost some $56,000 and was appraised in 1923 at over $97,000.  The new building, inclusive of fixed and attached equipment, cost $519,000.  The general furnishings cost $68,000.  Total value of the property $684,000.

(to be continued...)

Housed in the Madison Masonic Center is the Robert Monteith Masonic Library and Museum.  This educational resource and impressive collection of historical Masonic memorabilia is open to the public from 9am to 4pm weekdays and can be visited at other times by request.  For more information contact the library/museum curator Michael Heitke at, or call the Madison Masonic Center Office at (608) 256-5734.

Monteith Library
Annual Report 2011-2012

The Children's Dyslexia Center - Madison (CDC-M), one of Scottish Rite Masons Children's Dyslexia Centers, provides free one-on-one tutoring tochildren with dyslexia.  There are six tutoring rooms where seven certified tutors and three tutor trainees work with approximately 40 students on an individual basis -- one tutor to one student. In 1994 Scottish Rite Masons launched a major effort to help families, individuals and communities deal with the lifelong burdens of dyslexia.  With 58 centers in all 15 states of the Northern Jurisdiction, no other national charity has made such a commitment to the alleviation of the problems of learning disabilities.  They have been able to realize effective results, both anecdotically and statistically.  For more information contact the CDC-Madison Office at or visit our website
2014 Fund Raising Events
for the 
Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison

Ladies Tea & Fundraising Luncheon
April 12, 2014
Entertainment will be provided by the Cashel Dennehy School of Irish Dance.

for more information.

5th Annual
Walk for Dyslexia-Madison
Taking Steps Against Dyslexia

May 17, 2014
for more information.

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