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Clearwater Masonic Lodge–Grand Army of the Republic Hall
Clearwater Masonic Lodge-Grand Army of the Republic Hall.jpg
Grand Army of the Republic Hall from the southeast
Location 205–215 Oak Street,
Clearwater, Minnesota
Area Less than one acre
Built 1888
Architectural style Italianate
MPS Wright County MRA
NRHP reference No. 79001259
Added to NRHP December 11, 1979

The Clearwater Masonic and Grand Army of the Republic Hall is a historic building in Clearwater, Minnesota, United States, constructed in 1888. It has served as a meeting hall for both a local Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) post, and a local Masonic Lodge, with commercial space on the ground floor. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 under the name Clearwater Masonic Lodge–Grand Army of the Republic Hall for having local significance in the themes of architecture and social history. It was nominated for its association with the fraternal organizations of Clearwater and many other rural Wright County communities that, in the words of historian John J. Hackett, "provided leadership, direction, and contributions to the county's political, educational, patriotic, and social life."

History

The building was constructed jointly by the A.C. Collins Grand Army of the Republic Post No. 112 and Clearwater Masonic Lodge No. 28. The former was one of 192 GAR posts in Minnesota. The Masonic Lodge continues to meet in the building.

The meeting halls were on the second floor, while the ground floor was rented to commercial tenants for income, a common arrangement in the region.

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