If you have ever traveled to Rock Hill, South Carolina and drove into their downtown via Dave Lyle Boulevard, you may have seen these two free standing columns just before you enter the downtown area:
Well, they used to be in Charlotte. These two columns used to adorn the Masonic Lodge which was located at the corner of Second and South Tryon Streets. Built in the Egyptian Revival Style, it was designed by C. C. Hook and built by the J. A. Jones Construction Company in 1921 replacing an earlier lodge building that was built in 1913.
According to the 1921 Charlotte City Directory, every white Masonic organization in existence at that time including the Shrine, Consistory and the Order of the Eastern Star met at the Lodge building at various times during the month. Those organizations, including Mizpah Chapter # 36 Order of the Eastern Star and the Oasis Shrine are still in existence today.
The building was demolished in 1987 when the land was purchased by then First Union Bank (now Wells Fargo) to build their corporate headquarters. But, the columns were saved after being purchased by the City of Rock Hill to help create a gateway to their downtown area. If you are interested in learning more about buildings in the Uptown Charlotte area, please visit the Charlotte Mecklenburg Story at http://www.cmstory.org. If you are in the Charlotte area, please visit the Levine Museum of the New South located at 200 East 7th Street at the corner of North College Street.
Charlotte City Directory, Page 30 Fraternal Organizations Commercial Service Company, publishers 1922. Downloaded from archives.org November 17, 2012.
Robinson-Spangler Image Collection of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, Downloaded August 4, 2013