National and State Register

Masonic Temple Building

Denver County

This 1890 Romanesque Revival style building, located at the corner of 16th and Welton streets, served for many years as a center of activities for the Masonic Order in Colorado.  As one of downtown Denver’s few surviving examples of the use of rockfaced Manitou sandstone as a building material, its warm red-orange walls provide an interesting contrast with the cool grey stone of the adjacent Kittredge Building.  

A view of the red building from a slight angle with elaborate arched windows and triangular-capped bookended facade and people on the ground below.

Masonic Temple Building

Denver architect Frank E. Edbrooke’s design for the five-story Masonic Temple Building incorporated numerous semicircular arches and intricately carved detailing.  After a 1984 fire nearly destroyed the building, its walls were reinforced with a steel frame.  The property is associated with the Historic Resources of Downtown Denver Multiple Property Submission.