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Wohlsen Recognized For Conservation of Historic Grand Lodge At Masonic Village At Elizabethtown

Posted in: Awards on November 19, 2019

In recognition of long-term commitment to conservation and building maintenance best practices to maintain the historic significance of the historic Grand Lodge, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown was recently awarded the C. Emlen Urban Landmark Property Rehabilitation Award by the Lancaster County Historic Trust Preservation.

Wohlsen is proud to have conducted the multi-phased renovations and addition to the fully-functional Masonic Grand Lodge Hall, one of the campus’s oldest and most ornate buildings. Constructed in 1911, the building has served as the gateway and hub for over a century. This iconic building, though timelessly designed and solidly built, needed to be rejuvenated and updated to serve the evolving tastes of the continuing care retirement community.

By transforming the existing entrance canopy to a custom-designed and skillfully crafted structure, the overall essence of the building was improved. With substantial reconfiguration and with the architect’s approval, the team produced a finished product that matches the 100-year-old surrounding building expertly. Inside, Wohlsen updated the Wellness Center, providing residents with a comfortable and attractive space to practice physical activity, relaxation, and overall wellness. Wohlsen craftsman provided a high level of interior finishes, woodworking, and millwork as well as restoration and duplication of the historic millwork to ensure the renovated areas blended seamlessly with the historic fabric of the adjoining areas.

Phase 2 of the project increased the Hall’s dining options from one to four, adding a 74-seat, menu-service restaurant; an 82-seat café with a buffet and cook-to-order stations; a 33-seat tavern; and a 32-seat, open-air dining terrace overlooking the Formal Gardens with a fire pit and live music space. In addition, the project included several improvements to the building’s “Main Street” corridor connected via the brightly lit solarium. These included updates to the library; a new multi-media and learning room; updates to activity studios; the expansion of the boutique; and renovations to the hair salon. As a result, the upgrades provide new and exciting dining and activity space with all the old-world beauty and charm for which the Grand Lodge Hall is renowned.

The renovations to the Grand Lodge at Masonic Village were conducted to bring the beautiful, historic building up-to-date so current and future generations of seniors can enjoy the building as the campus hub – acting as a center point for their social and life-enriching activities.

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