“Those who are the happiest, are those who do the most for others” – Booker T. Washington

Port Tampa Lodge Building History

Hall of Port Tampa Lodge U.D.

  • This Lodge was formally instituted on Apr 23rd, A.D. 1896 A.L. 5896 by the reading of a Dispensation from the Grand Lodge of Florida, made out in regular order & signed by James W. Boyd, G.M. and W. P. Wesbster, G. Secy., naming the following officers:
    • Br. H. C. Steele                 W.M.

    • Br. N.H. Fogg                     S.W.
    • Br. F.M. Cooper                J.W.
  • The Lodge proceeded to fill the other officers by election as follows:
    • Br. B. Garcia                      Treas.
    • Br. Lott Allen                     Secy. (acting)
  • The other officers were filled by appointment as follows:
    • Br. H.J. Kand                      S.D.
    • Br. S. Mattar                       J.D.
    • Br. M.C. McClure               Tyler (acting)
  • Members:
    • Br. Sawyer
  • Visiting Bros.
    • Br. J.C. Bowden, Chipco #126, Fla. 

Masonic Lodge No. 153, F.& A.M., was instituted on April 23, 1896.

    • Early meetings were held in the Opera Lodge Hall and then in the Knights of Pythias Building at the corner of S. Kissimmee Street & W. Ingram Street. The Knights of Pythias, Gulf Lodge #48, had been chartered on March 20, 1896. They met in the Opera Lodge Hall until it burned down in 1908 or 1910.
    • The present building opened in 1946.

Port Tampa Lodge No. 153 was Chartered 9 months later, on January 20, 1897.