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YORK RITE MASONIC TEMPLE
835 Locust Ave. (1927)

Architects: Parker O. Wright & Francis H. Gentry

The building has a classic Greek temple facade in cast stone, an ornate lobby, and spacious assembly rooms. In 1955 it became Morgan Hall, used for special events. The architects designed a number of prominent buildings in Long Beach: the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, the First Methodist Episcopal Church at 3rd and Linden, many schools as well as businesses and residences. Structural engineer Francis H. Gentry also served as City Mayor. After many years of vacancy, an adaptive reuse proposal for conversion into loft residential units plus adjacent new construction is undergoing City review.