A Short History of Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge No.307

Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge held its first meeting as "Santa Monica Lodge" March 9, 1891. The officers were chosen and a petition for dispensation to the Grand Lodge of California immediately followed.

On June 10, 1891 the lodge was granted dispensation and the first meeting was held June 16, 1891 on the third floor of the old Bank of Santa Monica building at the corner of Third Street and Santa Monica Blvd. The lodge was then in the Fifty Fifth Masonic District which included the City of Santa Monica, a bustling metropolis with a population of fifteen hundred. At the Grand Lodge session of 1891, the Lodge was granted a charter as Santa Monica Lodge No. 307 and it was signed on October 14.

During the years 1894 and 1895, when a financial depression swept over the country, the lodge was at a standstill as nearly all of its members went elsewhere to seek employment.

In 1916 the growth of the lodge necessitated relocation to the Masonic Hall at Second Street and Santa Monica Blvd. and these quarters were used until the occupancy of our present building at 926 Santa Monica Blvd. in 1923.

In April 1987 the brethren of Palisades Lodge No. 637 were welcomed in a consolidation with Santa Monica Lodge and its name was changed to Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge No.307.

The Northridge earthquake in January of 1994 while causing extensive damage to the exterior, left the interior of the building in near complete ruin. It has since been entirely rebuilt and modernized under the direction of Worshipful Lionel G. Ruhman, Past Master of the lodge. The building is truly one of the finest Masonic edifices in all of California. Along with the Lodge Room, Santa Monica Masonic Center houses a large banquet room with a full professional kitchen, smaller meeting room with attached kitchen, game room, library and accommodations for visiting brethren.

In March of 1996 another consolidation with West Los Angeles Lodge No. 373 was finalized and their members were welcomed by the brethren of Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge.

Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge has a present membership of approximately 380. It is considered the West Side's most progressive lodge due in part to its many younger members. The Lodge also takes pride in supporting our Masonic youth groups - Job's Daughters, Rainbow for Girls, and DeMolay. In addition the Lodge supports neighborhood schools, Santa Monica College and local charitable organizations.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our building. If you would like additional information on Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge or its facilities, please feel free to contact us.

Phone: 310-39-GAVEL (394-2835)
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Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge #307
meets at the
Santa Monica Masonic Center
926 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Lodge: 310.394.2835
M.T.A.: 310.395.3992
Fax: 310.899.0753

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