|Area less than one acre|
NRHP Reference # 88002236
|Built 1891 (1891)-92|
Added to NRHP 16 November 1988
|Location N. Main St., Vermont, Illinois|
Architectural style Chicago, Gothic, Commercial Style
The Vermont Masonic Hall, also known as the Vermont Hardware Store Building, is a historic Masonic Lodge located on North Main Street in Vermont, Illinois. The hall was built in 1891-92 for Vermont's Lodge No. 116 of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, which was formed in 1852. At the time the hall was built, secret societies were enjoying a wave of popularity in America, with the Masons preeminent among them; Vermont was no exception to this trend, and its Masons played an important role in the city's social life. The hall was a two-story commercial building; the Masons leased the second floor, while a hardware store operated on the first. The brick building features an elaborate iron storefront; its design, along with the lodge itself, led it to be considered of the best Masonic lodges in western Illinois.
The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 16, 1998.