PHOTOS: The Masonic Temple Has Crossed Clayton Road in Concord

May 25, 2013 11:29 am · 33 comments

The 225-ton Masonic Temple has been moved across Clayton Road!

The building, first constructed in 1928, has been towed to its final resting place on Clayton Road next to the historic Galindo House, about 400-yards from where it sat for the past 85-years.

The Concord Historical Society will restore the Masonic Temple during the next two years, to create the Concord History Museum and Resource Center.

The entire project is costing about $620,000.

Developers are planning to build apartments on the temple’s former land.

You can click on each picture for a much larger view.

Thanks so much to “Killjoy” for the fantastic photos!

TeamUSA May 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

So…that expensive fence wasn’t worth it?


EdiBirsan May 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

I was there from 6AM to 8:45 when it finally came to rest. So the question of the morning was :

“Why did the Masonic Temple cross the road?”

Answers were:
1. It was following a chicken
2. To get to the other side.
3. It was a secret handshake deal.

Brian May 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

What a difference living in Concord vs Pleasant Hill where they actually care about their history. Pleasant Hill just demolishes theirs!

Brian May 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Why did the Temple cross the road?

So Dick’s Sporting Goods wouldn’t use it!
3 of the Pleasant Hill City Council were eyeing the property
So the Concord hookers wouldn’t try to live there
Just like an old neighbor, Galindo is there!
Didn’t want to be Gone in 60 seconds
Wanted a shady spot…

B May 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM

“Final resting place”? Did the building die?? What a way to phrase it. 🙁

J. May 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM


… it wanted Northern-Exposure.

Cowellian May 25, 2013 at 1:54 PM

I’m impressed!

Killjoy May 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Edi, I saw you there schmoozing with folks. 🙂
Got a photo of it too. The Mayor must have missed it. I gave him the option of about 28 or so photos to choose from.
If you’d like it, I can email it to you.

One of the hydraulic lines for the steering mechanism had burst while the temple was still blocking one lane, and they had to replace it.
Nice to know they carried spares.

opie May 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

So what happens to the $66,000.00 plastic fence. remove or add on with more tax payer dollars? WELL SPENT CITY OF CON CORD. Where are you going to waste more of our OUR money? Why doesn’t the City Management ever come up with real cost savings is this because we can expect a new TAX proposal later this year?

The watcher May 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Edi, we voted you in, try saving our dollars from now on or you will be out in the future. The council continues to waste money on worthless projects. Try paying down the dept before we continue to spend, unless you already joined the heard of sheep or rather the other so called leaders. QUESTION EVERYTHING!

Anon May 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

So what was moving it?

Really? May 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

The phrase, ” final resting place” , oh what’s the use!
one word , context.

@the watcher May 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

All private funds.

Antler May 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM

the watcher at @10 ~ ~ ~ This move was accomplished largely by fundraisers by and donations to the Concord Historical Society. The Society’s plan was conceived and begun YEARS ago, back at a time when a City redevelopment plan was approved for the now-vacant lot. Your tone is MOST insulting for no reason at all, and I hope you will apologize to Councilman Birsan

opie at #9 ~ ~ ~ Perhaps the fence will be left in place to indicate that the area is still a zone of “no trespass”. Or the fence might be sold, or it might be used elsewhere, or it might be saved for future use. Care to stow the vitriol until you have a true cause and target?

Mutts May 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM

more apartments??? God forbid if there isn’t enough cement around here. Should’ve left it alone and spruced up the property instead.
good luck to all the renters on a busy, noisy road.

Daniece's Mom May 25, 2013 at 5:10 PM

It was quite eerie at around 8 this morning to see it stopped in the middle of the street. 🙂 There was also an ambulance assisting someone–I’m presuming it wasn’t a serious injury since he was sitting up on the gurney and talking to the EMT as I drove by.

steve montgomery May 25, 2013 at 7:29 PM

The Concord Historical Society preserved the Masonic Temple for future generations to enjoy. It compliments the beautiful museum next door. Good decision.

Concord74 May 25, 2013 at 7:39 PM

I viewed all the photos on this segment but I do not see the tractor rig that I thought they said would be the tow unit. In the previous blogs on this segment, it indicated that a big rig tractor would be providing the tow power.
Please clarify.

steve montgomery May 25, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Big Red winched the 300 tons using 3 parts of cable.

EdiBirsan May 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Some Info:
#10 the move was accomplished without city funds.
The Historic society is now about flat broke and needs help with donations from the community.

#18 the truck rig was actually parked across the street and the winch on the back of the truck was what was used to pull the temple over.

#8/Killjoy would love to see your photos, send them to me at

happy May 25, 2013 at 8:52 PM


Killjoy May 25, 2013 at 9:32 PM


There were a few tractor trailers in the towing.
There was one behind the building slowing it down, and there were two of them pulling. It was being done with cables. So they (the trucks) weren’t hooked directly to the building.

steve montgomery May 26, 2013 at 5:18 AM

Donations are needed to restore the Masonic Temple. The historic society is footing the bill NOT the CITY.

Wow May 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Am so impressed with the workers who made this happen!! Very skilled!

Anonymous May 26, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Did the City use any of its redevelopment funds or other City funds to purchase the “final resting place?” Who owned the previous parcel where the Masonic Temple used to stand and who sold the parcel to the current owner/developer? Did the City own the original parcel? I don’t suspect there were “secret deals” entered into between the City and the current owner/developer but it would be nice to hear the whole story.

Joe May 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Nice to see Concord keep there monuments. To bad Pleasant Hill doesn’t. No dome, no Pleasant Hill for me.

EdiBirsan May 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

The new plot of land was privately owned and purchased directly by the Historic Society. The City had nothing to do with it other than OKing the address number out of sequence to match the construction date

Gator May 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Way cool!

TJ May 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

@steve montgomery, The Historical Society won’t be getting of my money. Why should I support them, when they wouldn’t support a local, Concord business that would have moved that building for them? Very, very bad PR, as far as I’m concerned.

Johnny bot May 26, 2013 at 6:26 PM

I love how the commentors continually prove they know absolutely nothing.

Cowellian May 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM

So, TJ, you’re mad because you didn’t get the job, huh?

@TJ May 26, 2013 at 7:37 PM

You know of a local Concord business that would do this?

itsme May 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I was by there yesterday and noticed the building is still up on blocks yet there is no fencing or tape or anything to deter people from walking underneath it. I would think this would be a HUGE liability for someone. I can just see kids getting underneath there and getting hurt!

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