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Doors Open Toronto Building (Saturday)

York Masonic Temple

1100 Millwood Rd.

Days Open

Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

(Last Admittance 4:00pm)


Built 1960-1969

Style: Post-Modern (1945+)

Building Type: Arts & Cultural Centre

Building Description

This site is the home for 10 Masonic Lodges and other associated organizations and was completed in 1964 for the Masons who previously were located at 888 Yonge Street. Freemasonry is a voluntary organization composed of men of good character and is open to all races and creeds who wish to practice the spirit of universal brotherhood. As visitors enter the Temple they pass under a large Masonic symbol known as the Square and Compass, which has great significance to Masons. It consists of three very important elements: the letter “G” and the Square and Compass. The Square and Compass are tools of the architect's profession and are used in Masonic rituals as emblems to teach symbolic lessons. Visitors will be allowed to visit two Lodge rooms within the building which are similar in layout no matter where they are located in the world.

Visitor Experience

Visitors will learn about Masonry, (the world's oldest and largest fraternity), where meetings are held, what the group does and why. The site will share the rituals and the symbols the Masons use to communicate and carry on traditions from over 300 years ago. Visitors will see Masonic dress and symbols that are tied to the Masonic history. These displays teach lessons related to the development of better citizens and family members. Presentations and Q and A's will be held throughout the day. Visitors will see the interior of two lodge rooms which previously were off limits for non-masons, as well as banquet facilities and meeting rooms. Presentations are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Photography / Filming

Interior photography permitted,with tripod

Interior filming permitted, with tripod