Masters Lodge No. 5 F&AM
“Virtus Junkxit Mors Non Separabit”
Masters Lodge #5 was warranted on March 5th, 1768. We are proud to be one of the oldest Masonic Lodges in the United States, and third oldest in the state outside of New York City. Mount Vernon Lodge #3 also meet at the Albany Masonic Temple. The site of the Albany Masonic Temple is one of, if not the, oldest continuously owned Masonic property in the entire world.
Masters Lodge meets on the Second and Fourth Mondays, excluding June, July and August.
In March 1895, the New York Times printed an article describing the new "stately and solid "masonic structure to be built in Albany and summarizing the history of the Albany lodge. At that time, the notice offered that Albany had eleven separate lodges with a total membership of close to 2,500. They all would be able to use the new lodge building that subsequently was erected on the northwestern corner of Lodge Street and Maiden Lane (Erastus Corning Way) today. The new building was expected to cost a hundred thousand dollars and would be "used exclusively for Masonic purposes."
The main purpose of Masonry is to take good men and assist them in becoming better husbands, fathers, sons and brothers. Masonry does this by keeping them exposed to moral and ethical teachings and by consistently asking them to consider important character building issues. One of the most important concerns is what each Mason gives back to his community. Masonry’s cornerstone is charity. Approximately two million dollars a day is given to charity by Masonic organizations. In short, by improving ourselves we are placed in a better position to help others.
Location – Albany, NY
Members - 138
Here is a peek at some of the sights in our historic Masonic Temple. From the exterior, the lobby, the main staircase, one of the libraries, the billiards room, and one of the beautiful stained glass windows. We are proud to call this building our home.