Masonic Building

Address: 251 NE Third Street
Construction Date: 1913
Current Business: Harvest Fresh Grocery
Historic Name/Use: Masonic Building
Significance: Secondary Significant
Style of Architecture: 20th Century Commercial

1913: Constructed

1913–1920s: Bishop Clothiers

1920s–1930: Mercantile Store operated by David M. Nayberger

1950s: Rutherford’s Five and Dime

1977: Rutherford’s Variety Store

1980s: Ben Franklin Variety Store / 88 Cents Store

2015: Harvest Fresh Grocery

This is a three-story buff-colored brick structure with a flat roof, built in 1913 at the cost of $38,000. It replaces an earlier Masonic Hall which was a smaller, two-story Italianate brick structure occupied by Bishop Clothiers. David M. Nayberger operated the first mercantile store in the new building until 1930. Located on the first floor in the 1950s was Rutherford’s Variety Store, which had a small lunch counter and sundries that you would find at your local variety store. Later Rutherford’s went on to become part of the Ben Franklin Variety Store chain and then part of the 88 Cents Store chain.

Today the floor houses Harvest Fresh grocery store. Law offices and the Masonic Lodge are on the second and third floor respectively.

Secondary Significant:  Structures are classified as Primary Significant if they were built in or between 1913 and 1937. These buildings represent the secondary period of construction and development from the increase of city improvements and auto traffic.





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