| Yuma MRA|
12 April 1984
| 153 S. 2nd Ave., Yuma, Arizona|
Art Deco, Streamline Moderne
Masonic Temple (Yuma, Arizona) Wikipedia
The Masonic Temple in Yuma, Arizona was built in 1931 in the late Art Deco style of Moderne. It was designed by Los Angeles-based architects Edward Gray Taylor and Ellis Wing Taylor. In 1933, at the depth of the Great Depression, the Masonic lodge lost all its funds in a bank closure. On November 16, 1933, the building's ownership was turned over to the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company "in satisfaction of a $16,900 realty mortgage." It was later rented back to the Masonic chapter and on May 10, 1940, ownership was restored.
It is significant as one of few major Modernist Art Deco Style buildings surviving in Yuma. It was given a "substantive review" indicating historical merit in the Yuma Multiple Resource Area MPS of 1979. The Masonic Temple was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.