Floral Park Historical Society

Floral Park New York Historical Marker #2 The Floral Park Masonic Temple and Centennial Building

Floral Park NY Historical Marker #2

Historical Marker  #2


•  Floral Park Masonic Temple  •
Carnation Ave. & Tulip Ave., Floral Park NY.
 

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The Floral Park Masonic Temple, also renamed The Centennial Building, is located at Carnation Avenue and Tulip Avenue.

In June 1914, leaders from Floral Park and vicinity organized a Masonic Club. By 1923 the Grand Lodge of Masons – NY State granted permission to form a Lodge of Master Masons in Floral Park was formalized. For over eight decades, the Masons and affiliated organizations carried out numerous benevolent activities within Floral Park and beyond.

The Masonic Temple was built in 1925 on a playing field where there was a baseball diamond at the junction of Carnation and Tulip avenues. The 8,500 sq. ft. building with four-columns reflected a Greek Revival style of architecture. It had three stories consisting of a mezzanine with a powder room for the ladies; a first floor event room and kitchen; a second floor ceremonial room for the use of the “brothers” of Floral Park Lodge and as many as 15 other Masonic Lodges as well as members of Floral Park Chapter of the Eastern Star (formed in 1923); and a fourth floor office area.

 

Eventually an elevator was installed. Wedding receptions, family celebrations, holiday parties, Republican Club dinners and other events were held in the Masonic Temple. Collations were enjoyed in the basement Blue Room where there was a commercial kitchen.

This “iconic” building at the entrance of the Village was purchased by the Inc. Village of Floral Park in 2004 and renamed Centennial Hall. It housed the Floral Park Historical Society Museum and Archives and continued to be a meeting place for local groups. In 2018, the Village contracted with a developer for a plan to convert the Masonic Temple/Centennial Hall to an upscale apartment building with the commitment to respect the structure’s classic architectural features and community history.

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