For the past 18 months, a historic Erie building has been getting some major upgrades.
The Masonic Temple Association is restoring the 111-year-old Masonic Temple building by updating the first and second floor lobby, fourth floor lodge room and installing new sidewalks on the Peach Street side.
The funding came from ECGRA, City of Erie Facade Grants, and Donations from local fundraisers.
The restorations keep the building’s historical integrity.
“[Historic preservation] is a key issue for the federal government, state government and also local historic societies throughout the county that focus on preservation. The reason for this is it keeps us tied to our past and our underpinnings as a country, and the Freemasons who own the building have a similar mindset,” said Peter Kraus, Member of the Board of Directors, Masonic Temple Association.
Restorations are still being completed in the basement and should be finished in the next few months.
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