7. Ridgewood Masonic Lodge, 1054 Bushwick Avenue

The Ridgewood Masonic Temple in Bushwick was built in 1920 and landmarked in July 2014, originally serving the Ridgewood Lodge No. 710, Cypress Hills Lodge No. 1064, and Star of Hope Lodge No.430, instituted April 9, 1857. It was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Brooklyn architecture firm of Koch & Wagner. Both founding architects had served as president of the Brooklyn chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Since the masons moved out, the main hall has been used for concerts and parties, described by Curbed as “orgy-filled.”

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This article also written in part by Benjamin WaldmanSamantha Sokol and Sharon Wong.