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Heritage Places of Adelaide

Grand Lodge of Freemasons Adelaide Masonic Centre


254 North Terrace ADELAIDE


State Heritage Place

The Adelaide Masonic Centre is historically significant as the headquarters of Freemasonry in South Australia. It serves as the meeting place of several lodges, including the State's oldest, the Lodge of Friendship, and is also the home of the Grand Lodge of South Australia. The Lodge of Friendship was consecrated at the headquarters of the South Australian Association in London in 1834, almost two years prior to colonisation, and its early members included several notable citizens. Freemasonry has continued to attract many prominent South Australians to its ranks in the ensuing years. The Centre was designed by Bruce and Harrall as a monolithic example of Classical Revival architecture and completed in 1927. It is a building of high architectural significance for its apt and unusual architectural design and detailing, impressive interior spaces, high degree of integrity and incorporation of progressive structural engineering ideas in its design. The use of reinforced concrete shear walls at upper levels and of waffle slabs incorporating breeze blocks is notable. (Adapted from Adelaide Masonic Centre Conservation Plan 1993)

Listing Information

  • Date of Listing: 8 November 1984

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