Masonic Home of Washington
Listed as one of Washington’s Most Endangered Places in 2015, the last remaining Masonic Home of Washington was acquired by Zenith Properties LLC in 2019. An application for a demolition permit was filed for the building in July 2019 as part of the sale agreement, and the new owner has recently renewed that permit.
The building’s architectural features and exterior remain in good condition, but rehabilitation of the building and its systems will require substantial investment. The building also sits on a large parcel of land that could allow the coupling of rehabilitation with new construction to potentially make the project more financially feasible.
Let the Des Moines City Council know this is an important issue—especially if you are a Des Moines resident. The entire council can be contacted by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the news
“Advocates say Landmark can still be saved”
(Thunderword – Jan. 21, 2021)
“With renovation deemed too costly, historical Des Moines Masonic building set to be demolished”
(Seattle Times – Dec. 20, 2020)
“Iconic Des Moines building faces uncertain future”
(Thunderword – Nov. 19, 2020
“After six years on the market, Des Moines landmark sold to area investor”
(Puget Sound Business Journal – Aug. 27, 2019)
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Read more about the history of the Masonic Home through the Most Endangered Places listing.