The Masonic Hall
, also known as the Masonic Temple
and Mendocino Lodge No. 179
, is an historic Masonic
building located at 10500 Lansing Street in Mendocino
It was built in 1866 of local redwood
by Eric Albertson and John Gschwend. Eric Albertson, who was the first worshipful master
of Mendocino Lodge No. 179 also crafted from a single redwood trunk the unique sculpture of Time and the Maiden
which adorns the top of the hall's cupola
. Also known as Father Time and the Virgin
, the sculpture also incorporates a book and a fallen column and has become a local landmark. While its exact symbolic meaning is shrouded in Masonic secrecy, one Mason has interpreted its meaning as ''Time, patience and perseverance will accomplish all things.
It has been used often as the location for movies and TV series such as Murder She Wrote (1984-1996) with Angela Lansbury and two episodes of The Fugitive (2001), with Tim Daly.
The Masonic Hall is a contributing property in the Mendocino and Headlands Historic District which was added on July 14, 1971, to the National Register of Historic Places.
Mendocino Lodge No. 179 still meets regularly in the second floor lodge room while the first floor serves as the local branch of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County.