The Historic Eau Claire Masonic Ballroom
Our Story

Step back in time to 1928.
Classic Revival architecture.
A rich history in Eau Claire.

Established locally in 1859, it took nearly 70 years before the group of Masons would acquire a six-lot tract of land in the 600 block of what was then South River Street. Construction of the building that you see today began in 1927 at what is currently Graham Avenue. Located on the banks of the Chippewa River, this grand 47,000 square foot Neo-classical structure stands ready to welcome you back in time.

About the Eau Claire Masonic Ballroom:

The Owners

The Eau Claire Temple of Free Masonry is home to three Masonic Lodges — Eau Claire #112, Sanctuary Lodge #347, and George B. Wheeler Lodge #351.

It has been the headquarters of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite - Valley of Eau Claire since its construction in 1927.

This historic building is owned by a non-profit corporation managed by an 18 member board of directors composed of three trustees each from the three Eau Claire lodges, the two York Rite Organizations, and the Valley of Eau Claire Scottish Rite.

The Building

The building was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin and two York Rite Masonic bodies. It was designed by renowned architect, Edward G. Hancock, to provide facilities for the Scottish Rite.

Built in the Classic Revival style and faced with white Indiana limestone, the flooring of the 47,000 square foot building is mostly terrazzo.

Today, it would cost $12.5 million to replace the building. It has been designated as a historical landmark on the National Register of Historic Places by the Eau Claire Landmarks Commission and by the US Department of the Interior.

The Uses

Inside you'll find an auditorium, wardrobe, grand ballroom, small dining room, commercial kitchen, classroom, offices, three lounges, and two Symbolic Lodge rooms. The larger of the two lodge rooms is home to the Eau Claire York Rite. The Children's Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin is located on the mezzanine level.

The Chippewa Valley DeMolay, a Masonic youth organization for boys, also meets in the building.

Many events have been held in the building, including dinner theaters, harvest balls, and many wedding ceremonies and receptions.