History of Tompkins Lodge

Tompkins Lodge #471 stands as a pivotal pillar within the Masonic community, wielding over 116 years of profound influence. Throughout this time, the Brothers of Tompkins have served as catalysts, inspiring and nurturing generations of exceptional men.

March 1, 1882, stands as a pivotal moment etched with determination and foresight. It was on this auspicious day that a historic motion reverberated through the hallowed halls of the Lodge, igniting the flame of ambition for a grand vision—the construction of a new Masonic Temple. With humble beginnings, a mere $6 found its place as the inaugural deposit into a dedicated fund at the Staten Island Savings Bank. Yet, despite the earnest intentions, progress remained sluggish. Eight years elapsed, witnessing only a marginal increase to $31.07. Undeterred by the challenge, the Brothers recognized the pressing need for decisive action. In 1891, a committee was formed, galvanizing the collective resolve to breathe life into the dormant aspirations. Through concerted efforts and unwavering dedication, the building fund surged to a substantial $889.65 by year-end, marking a momentous leap forward. Fueled by the spirit of camaraderie and shared purpose, the momentum continued to swell. Annual fundraisers became emblematic of unity and solidarity, drawing forth the generosity of Masons and supporters alike. With each passing year, the coffers expanded, reaching a staggering $15,983 by the dawn of the new century. What once seemed an elusive dream now stood as a tangible reality, a testament to the unwavering commitment and perseverance of the Brotherhood. The journey from modest beginnings to the realization of a magnificent edifice epitomizes the enduring spirit of Masonic values—brotherly love, relief, and truth. It serves as a poignant reminder that through collective effort and steadfast resolve, even the loftiest aspirations can be transformed into concrete achievements, leaving an indelible mark on the tapestry of history.

January 2, 1901, stands as a date of profound significance—a moment that sparked the commencement of an ambitious journey towards the realization of our new temple. With unwavering determination and foresight, the Brothers embarked on a quest to secure the ideal site for this monumental endeavor. In a testament to their diligence and efficiency, the trustees wasted no time in scouring the landscape for prospective locations. Remarkably, within the span of a mere month, three promising sites emerged from the myriad possibilities, each holding the promise of becoming the sacred ground upon which our temple would stand.

On April 3, 1901, a decisive moment arrived as the Brothers gathered to deliberate and make a pivotal choice. With resolute determination, they cast their gaze upon “the Brown Property,” a parcel measuring 50 feet by 100 feet, nestled at the Northeast Corner of Bay St and Sand St. In a swift and unanimous decision, the Brothers embraced this site as the future cornerstone of our Masonic legacy. With the location secured, the next crucial step beckoned—the realization of architectural vision and construction. In a demonstration of unwavering commitment to excellence, Brother Edward A Sargent, hailing from Tompkins Lodge, assumed the mantle of architect, entrusted with the sacred task of translating aspirations into tangible form. Brother Sargent collaborated closely with the esteemed firm of Harry Spruck and Sons to bring the vision to life. Drawing upon their expertise and craftsmanship, they embarked upon the arduous yet exhilarating journey of construction, laying the foundation for a structure that would stand as a testament to the enduring legacy of Masonic principles. A palpable sense of anticipation and excitement permeated the atmosphere, signaling the dawn of a new era for our Lodge. In the hallowed tradition of our Brotherhood, every brick laid, and every beam raised served as a testament to the unwavering dedication and solidarity that binds us together as one.

Through the combined efforts of visionaries, craftsmen, and the indomitable spirit of brotherhood, the dream of our new temple steadily took shape, rising from the earth as a beacon of light and hope for generations to come. And so, with each passing day, we inch closer towards the realization of our shared vision—a testament to the enduring power of unity, determination, and the timeless values that define us as Masons.

On November 16 of the same year, a grand celebration marked the laying of the cornerstone. In a mere five months, on March 5, 1902, the trustees took charge of the completed building. The inaugural Lodge meeting in this new edifice transpired on September 3, 1902, marking a pivotal moment in the Lodge’s illustrious history.




In order to keep Tompkins Lodge # 471 continuing its long standing traditions. The building fund was created the Donors to building fund will receive recognition on our Donation Tree and become a perinate place in our history.

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The current and future Brothers of Tompkins Lodge thank you for all donations.