Masonic Grand Lodge of Oregon Library & Museum Wins IIDA Award

Oregon library design by Hennebery Eddy Architects wins IIDA award

Hennebery Eddy’s design of the new Robert M. Richmond Memorial Library & Museum serving the Masonic Grand Lodge of Oregon received a Best in Category – Public & Civic award from the IIDA Oregon Chapter. Presented during the annual IIDA Oregon Design Excellence Awards celebration, the award recognizes the project’s timeless nature, as well as its simple, site-sourced materials palette. The IIDA is the International Interior Design Association.

The library and museum is a reading and research library and serves as a community and contemplation space for the Oregon Freemasons family. The library was dedicated and opened during a celebration this spring. Nestled among oak trees near Forest Grove, Ore., the new building features expansive glass walls and clerestory windows, and simple, geometric forms comprising wood salvaged from the site. More details and images can be found on the project page.

Oregon Freemasons Dedicate New Private Library

The Oregon Freemasons have existed for more than 150 years, headed by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Oregon. The fraternal order has its origins in the early skilled stone masons of the Middle Ages, who established “lodges” as a way to look out for their ranks. Today, Masons are not limited to skilled laborers, and their focus is primarily charitable giving. They also celebrate history, tradition, and literature — and have quite the collection of books and artifacts on their longtime Forest Grove campus.

And so the Grand Lodge of Oregon envisioned a new library and museum, open to the public and dedicated to the memory of Robert M. Richmond, a former Grand Master, and his love for books and pursuit of knowledge. This spring, the Oregon Freemasons cut the ribbon on this new facility designed by Hennebery Eddy.

The one-story building includes a conference room, a flexible event space, a museum display of various masonic artifacts, and a private library collection of more than 1,000 lineal feet. A brick façade leads to a daylit interior that hosted about 140 Masons and guests for the dedication. In the masonic tradition, members of the Grand Lodge performed a ceremony to verify the building is “plumb, square, and level” according to the tenants of their bricklayer predecessors.

See some snapshots of the grand opening below, and learn more about Hennebery Eddy’s library portfolio here.