The Masons have left downtown Muskegon after 150 years and now meet in Montague as they explore options.
Published reports say the Masonic Lodge 140 was founded in 1863 by lumber company owner Alexander Mann. Members met downtown until late last year when their building was sold. Its 140 members now meet at the Montague-Whitehall Masonic Temple.
Former Lodge 140 Secretary Roger Tharp says members hope to return their meetings to Muskegon.
The new owner of the building is Jon Rooks and Parkland Properties, which may lease it for commercial and office use or make it an event center.
Lodge 140 was chartered in 1863 with 100 members. The first lodge was above a drug store. The most recent temple was built post-World War II.