Welcome to Los Angeles Lodge No. 42
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What is Freemasonry?
About Our Lodge
Los Angeles Lodge No. 42 has the unique distinction of being the first Masonic Lodge established in Los Angeles, and the second oldest in all of Southern California after San Diego Lodge No. 35.
Established in 1853, our rich history dates back to the early days of American settlement in the area. We count among our Past Masters and members scores of men who influenced the course of what has become one of the world’s great metropolitan centers. Over 160 years later, our Lodge continues its proud lineage as an active, vibrant Lodge.
Our first Lodge building, pictured above, was completed in 1858, and was our meeting place until 1868. Today, it is part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.
Our Lodge Today
Becoming a Freemason
The Application Process
No one will ask you to join Masonry, so that you may ask for yourself. Your Application for the Degrees must be recommended by two Master Masons who are members of the Lodge you wish to join. If you don’t know any members, a Stated Meeting dinner is the best way to meet many at once. Our Stated Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month.
Your application will be read at a Stated Meeting of our Lodge. If accepted, a committee will be appointed to meet you and discuss your application. These interviews are confidential, reported only to the Lodge Master.
At a subsequent Stated Meeting, the Master will announce the results of the investigating committee’s reports, and a secret ballot will be taken. The ballot must be unanimously favorable. The Secretary will notify you of the outcome, and if elected, the Master will schedule your First Degree.
Fees & Dues
Our application fees of $244 cover instructional materials and include contributions to foundations like the Masonic Homes of California.
Masons pay annual Lodge dues. Ours is currently $200.75.
California Membership Requirements
Must be a man at least 18 years old
California resident for at least 12 months
Express a belief in a Supreme Being
Have a record of good citizenship
Be recommended by two Lodge members
Provide at least two personal references