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Downtown Fraternal Lodges & Secret Societies Tour
Fraternal lodges, also known as secret societies, played an important social role in early 20th century Portland. These organizations not only provided an active social outlet in the pre-electronic age, but also offered a financial safety net in the days before government programs fulfilled that need. They also provided a place to create and maintain business relationships.
On this special tour, we’ll view six architecturally significant and historic fraternal lodge buildings, including the former Elks and Masonic temples, as well as the Scottish Rite Center. You’ll also get the rare opportunity to peek inside a couple of these architectural gems and you’re sure to be amazed at their history and beauty!
Please allow two hours for this tour.
Space is limited. Pre-Registration is Required.
$25.00 General Public
$15.00 AHC Members
About The Architectural Heritage Center
The Architectural Heritage Center’s mission is to “inspire people to conserve the art, craft, and context of historic buildings and places to promote our cultural heritage as a vital element of livable, sustainable, communities.” We seek to preserve the historic character and livability of our built environment, and to promote sustainability through the re-use of period homes and buildings.
Owned and operated by the non-profit Bosco-Milligan Foundation, we empower people in the Portland region to preserve both landmark buildings and the regular “vernacular” vintage homes and storefronts that collectively define our neighborhoods, traditional downtowns,culture, history, and quality of life.
Image: Postcard of Scottish Rite Temple (1901), Architectural Heritage Center Library.