The historic Temple lofts are comprised
of 82 units ranging from 800 to 3,000 square feet, located within
walking distance of the East Village, Pine Avenue, Rainbow Harbor,
Downtown nightlife and culture. In additon to the main structure there
is a North and a South tower. A recent conversion this distinguished
building, built in 1928 was once the Masonic Temple. This very hip
complex has a gym, spa, BBQ areas, individual storage units for each
space, high end Viking appliances, granite countertops and underground
parking. The North tower is 5 stories and was built from the ground up
during the conversion, it has underground parking, provides sunrise
views of Signal Hill and some of the units in the North tower have 2 balconies.
History of the Temple
Located at 835 Locust Street in the City of Long Beach and constructed in 1927,
the Masonic Temple was the headquarters of a major social institution, whose members
included many prominent citizens of Long Beach. The building served as the
headquarters for York Rite, an important fraternal order, and was used by many other
service clubs of Long Beach as well.
The Greek Revival architectural style was one of a number of period revival styles
popular during the 1920s. The severe Greek classical temple facade of this building
invokes memories of classical antiquity.
The building contained a number of large assembly halls typical of a fraternal social
order. In this building, each haIl was decorated in a different exotic revival style:
Egyptian, Roman, etc. The building also contained a fully equipped theater.
The architects, Parker O. Wright and Francis H. Gentry, had distinguished careers in the
City of Long Beach. They designed the Scottish Rite Temple, the First Methodist Church
at Third and Linden, thirteen Long Beach schools and twenty-five schools in Southern
California, and many residences and businesses. Due to its scale and its imposing
architectural features, it stands out in its community as a unique and monumental
building, and as such represents an established and familiar visual feature of its
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