Masonic Temple

855 Main Street


Masonic Temple     Built 1904


Built by Nez Perce Lodge #10. The building was built as a combination opera house and Masonic Temple with a theater on the main floor, banquet room on the second floor and lodge meeting rooms, a library and smoking room on the third floor. Built at a cost of approximately $63,000, the Masonic Temple was an important part of Lewiston’s cultural life. Famous individuals such as vaudevillians Stan Laurel, Al Jolson and Harry Lauder, actor Charles Coburn, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson appeared on its stage, and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was a regular performer at the theater. The famed silent epic King of Kings debuted in Lewiston at the Temple Theater, as did Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Many people remember the regular schedule of boxing and wrestling matches. The main floor was put to commercial use in the 1940s.

86-13-1 Masonic Temple, credit NPCHS

19051905Henry Fair 19051905




1934 (3)1934

Garden of Omar February 1923Garden of Omar Cast February 1923


Garden of Omar Cast

Temple team 1907Temple Baseball Team 1907

John Kennedy Dow 1957John Kennedy Dow, Architect of the Masonic Temple (born 1861, died 1961)

John Kennedy Dow design 1903John Kennedy Dow Masonic Temple drawing

The Historic Preservation Commission would like to recognize and thank Steven Branting and the Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum for the access to and contributions from their extensive archives for this project. Special thanks go to Commissioner Leah Boots for her countless hours of work to make this project a reality.


         This project is supported in part by the Idaho State Historical Society.