Supporting the lodges within South Australia and the Northern Territory Inc. and managing The Grand Lodge itself falls on the Art Deco-style shoulders of The Grand Lodge Office. From the Grand Master to the Board of Management, Freemasons Hall is a well-oiled machine committed to the principles of Freemasonry. What’s more, music lovers can also discover the full potential of some of their favourite music while attending a Candlelight concert at the unique venue.
Whether visiting Freemasons Hall for a tour or attending an event there, you’ll be happy to discover its central location on North Terrace. The building has disabled access and it’s only a five-minute drive from Victoria Square.
Facts, Curiosities, and Interesting Things about The Grand Lodge
1. Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian
It’s hard to walk by Freemasons Hall and ignore its striking architecture. While the design doesn’t follow the more traditional British style of Masonic lodges, the building is a winning combination of the three ancient orders—Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian architecture. From the simple columns to the scroll-shaped Ionic columns, the setting for the Grand Lodge transports you to Ancient Greece.
2. Who are Freemasons and what do they do?
Freemasons are members of the oldest fraternal organisation in the world. While a lot of ambiguity surrounding the worldwide society’s customs and activities remains, the tradition that evolved from the guilds of stone masons during the Middle Ages teaches morality, charity, and obedience. Fundraising and volunteering form part of the work of the Freemasons.
3. Paranormal activity
It may or may not come as a surprise, but The Grand Lodge is allegedly haunted. From sightings of former Freemason and benefactor, Brother Fax to security guards being forced to sweep the building only to find no one else there, something may be lurking in this symbolic temple.
Candlelight concerts at The Grand Lodge
What better way to appreciate the spectacular venue than by enjoying a live music performance bathed in the glow of countless flickering candles? The Candlelight series invites Adelaideans to hear classical takes on some of the greatest music of all time. With tributes to the likes of Coldplay and Tchaikovsky illuminating the white marble floor and stone staircase, there’s something for everyone.
What else can you do at The Grand Lodge?
Aside from a number of spaces being available for hire, there are plenty of events taking place here. Keep an eye on Freemasons Hall’s calendar for upcoming activities. The public can also book a guided tour, and visit the J.R. Robertson Masonic Memorial Library and The Murray Olsson Museum.
While it’s hard to beat the charming Grand Lodge, Candlelight concerts are also coming to other venues in Adelaide. Through the candlelit lens of the wildly popular concert series, view some of the city’s finest spaces in a new light.