Douglas Lodge No. 12 lies in the historic town of Genoa, Nevada, which is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited town in the State of Nevada. Douglas Lodge sits at the very foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and is located just below Lake Tahoe. Douglas Lodge has the distinction of being one of the earliest Lodges in the State of Nevada and has had its Masonic Charter since September 17, 1868.
The Front of Douglas 12 Lodge looking West
toward the Sierra Nevada mountains and Lake Tahoe.
The building to the right was first occupied by the Lodge in 1873 (with the lower story set aside as a business rental), with the upper story used for Masonic meetings. It was said to have cost in excess of $8,000 (which was a lot in those days). The Grand Lodge of Nevada laid the cornerstone of the Lodge in the early 1870's, with many attendees from the other local area Lodges. Now, the whole building is used for Masonic events (the dining hall and kitchen is located downstairs and the main Lodge is upstairs). The Lodge's regular meetings take place here on a monthly basis, as well as, other "called" events such as the conferring of Masonic Degrees.
The inside of Douglas 12 looking to the East
This the upstairs Lodge area looking East towards the morning sun and is taken from the Senior Warden's station in the West. The Altar is clearly visible in the center of the Lodge and the Junior Warden's station is on the right (in the South). Straight ahead between the two windows is the Worshipful Master's station in the East. Aptly chosen as the Master "brings Light" to his Lodge. There is seating for the members of the Lodge on either side of the room. The layout of the room is said to be reminiscent of King Solomon's Temple.
The "East" of Douglas 12
(where the "Worshipful Master" sits)
The picture on the right is a closer view of "The East" (Worshipful Master's station) in Douglas 12 Lodge. To the left, is the Treasurer's station, and on the right, the Secretary's station. On the front of the Master's podium are the Freemason "Square and Compasses" - symbols recognized far and wide as the symbols of Freemasonry. Above the Master's station is the lighted "Letter G". A symbol recognized by all Freemasons and incorporated into all Masonic jewelry in the center of the Square and Compasses. As always, the flag of the United States and the flag of Nevada are present in the East.
If you are interested in knowing more about Freemasonry (or, Douglas Lodge No. 12):
The Lodge meets on the second Wednesday of every month, and we invite you to drop by the Lodge a little early - prior to the meeting - and ask any questions you might have of the members gathering there. We usually have a small dinner (at about 6PM) prior to the meeting and you are welcome to join us and ask your questions. The door is open, all you have to do is knock and walk in.