HARVEST FIELDS COMMUNITY CHURCH (FORM. WYOMING MASONIC TEMPLE)

2626 East Tremont Avenue
ca. 1912

This five-bay, three-story building features a limestone front and pedimented entryway. The building was originally constructed as the Wyoming Masonic Temple to host the local Wyoming Lodge of the Free & Accepted Masons (“Freemasons”). Legend holds that, as a “Westchester Lodge” already existed, members selected the name “Wyoming” after randomly pulling a bank note issued by the Pennsylvania-based Bank of Wyoming. While the exact date of construction is unknown, the Wyoming Masonic Temple is referenced as a venue for Freemasons as early as 1912. Historic photographs demonstrate that while the Freemasons may have consistently occupied the upper floors of the building, the ground floor space was rented to a range of tenants over the years. With international roots that stretch back centuries, the Free & Accepted Masons is a fraternal organization that focuses on civic engagement, which is demonstrated by the variety of community events advertised at the Wyoming Temple over its long history. Of the seven masonic temples that originally served The Bronx, six remain standing but only the City Island Temple retains its original function, housing the Wyoming Lodge along with the three other lodges currently active in the borough.

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