Following hours of paperwork and two days of deliberation, the Masonic Temple is Registry’s latest addition.
It took four months to complete the application to become nationally recognized, but those behind the project tell say it was well worth the effort.
“A lot of folks really wanted to see this happen for quite a long time and to finally get there, I think that’s the ultimate reward,” said Hary Schubothe of Greater Bandon.
It’s been recognized for two major qualifications — the prominent architect who built it and the material used to build it.
“A gentleman named Benjamin Ossland … this was one of his last structures that remain standing,” Schubothe said. “This particular building was one of the first concrete buildings.”
The Masonic Building was a First National Bank when it was built back in 1914.
It’ll now serve Old Town Bandon as a major tourist attraction.
“There are an awful lot of travelers who look up specific places on the register because they want to get a sense of the history of the community and they will come to see these kinds of attractions,” added Schubothe.
Thanks to the hard work of the Greater Bandon Association, Coos County is now home to 53 historic places.