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Landmark 408
Site of the First Meeting of Freemasons Held in California
728 Montgomery Street
1849
Site of the First Meeting of Freemasons Held in California
19 October 2002
 
Site of the First Meeting of Freemasons Held in California
20 March 2004
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Site of the First Meeting of Freemasons Held in California

On November 9, 1849, a charter was granted by the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia for the organization of California Lodge NO. 13, now California Lodge NO. 1 of the Free and Accepted Masons. On November 23, 1848, Levi Stowell was appointed master of the new lodge, and on November 15, 1849, the lodge was formally organized under the charter.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation

The Freemason meeting was held in a building which stood on the lot now occupied by the Genella Building built in 1854. In the top photograph, the Genella Building (San Francisco Landmark 10) is on the left, and Belli Building (San Francisco Landmark 9) is on the right.

This historical site is located in the Jackson Square Historic District.

 
 
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