- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - Officials say the Historic Masonic Temple in Bay City has been included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Keith Birchler, board member on the Bay Arts Council, tells The Bay City Times (https://bit.ly/1TnbfOt ) the recognition raises the profile of the building. He’s part of Friends of the Historic Masonic Temple and says it took the organization three years to get the designation.

Plans call for restoring the building, but a cost estimate isn’t known.

The recognition comes ahead of the anniversary of a fire May 19, 1903, that severely damaged the structure. It was repaired afterward. The building was the home of the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 129. It was purchased by the Arts Council in 2005.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, https://www.mlive.com/bay-city


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