Columbian Lodge No. 7 Free and Accepted Masons

Address: 101 12th St., Columbus, Georgia. County/parish: Muscogee.

NRIS 80001156

1 contributing building.

Added to the National Register of Historic Places September 29, 1980.

Part of Columbus MRA (NRIS 64000124).

Also known as:

  • The Flowers Building

From Wikipedia:

Flowers Building

The Columbian Lodge No. 7 Free and Accepted Masons is a historic building constructed in 1902 in Columbus, Georgia. Its Chicago style design is by architect T. Firth Lockwood. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It has also been known as the Flowers Building.

It is a four-story Chicago school-style commercial building.

The building was deemed significant "as a turn-of-the-century Masonic Temple, which later became a major commercial center in downtown Columbus, housing offices of leading professionals and businessmen", and as "the only example of the Chicago Commercial building in town. It is Sullivanesque in the use of the tall vertical pilasters and over all upward thrust of the facades. It also shows some influence of John Wellborn Root in its Romanesque detailing, such as the granite piers on the first floor, the rounded arches on the 3rd floor, and the heavy cornice on the parapet."

The building was constructed in 1902 as meeting hall for local Masonic lodges (with commercial retail and office space rented on the floors not occupied by the Masons). The Masons sold the building to a Mr. Flowers in 1940. Under his ownership it was used as an office building. Miller & Gallman Developers later converted it into an apartment complex.

Columbian Lodge (as an organization) was chartered in 1828.

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Architects:

  • Lockwood, T. Firth

Architectural styles:

  • Chicago

National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/80001156

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