This day in 1953

Cornerstone Ceremony for New Masonic Lodge

Sixty-five years ago a ceremony took place commemorating the construction of what would become one of the largest buildings in Elmwood: the 10,908 sf Landmark-Gibraltar Masonic Lodge.

  Dallas Morning News  – March 19, 1953

Dallas Morning News – March 19, 1953

According to this blog by a Master Mason, the cornerstone ritual "is probably the only Masonic ritual, other than a Masonic funeral, that the public will ever see conducted. When the brethren are sharply dressed, and well-rehearsed, it's an awesome thing to behold." 

Oak Cliff Masonic Lodge #705 has been part of the Elmwood community ever since. The mid-century brick and stone building contains two meeting rooms and a dining facility on the first floor as well as a library and study rooms on the second floor. 

 Photo credit: Jorge Esteban

Photo credit: Jorge Esteban

BeautiControl had roots in Elmwood

BeautiControl had roots in Elmwood

Just after New Year's Day this year, Waxahachie resident Larry Burns shared the following story about Dallas-based BeautiControl Inc. on the Facebook group Dallas History Guild. We were surprised to learn that one of our own buildings played a role in the early development of this iconic company, which was purchased by Tupperware Corp. in 2000 and by Youngevity International in 2017.