Dalton Masonic Lodge 238 named to Georgia's 2020 'Places in Peril' list

Dalton Masonic Lodge 238. Photo provided by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation

Masonic Lodge 238 in Dalton, Georgia, located at what once was a thriving commercial intersection in the city's black community, has been named to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's 2020 list of 10 "Places in Peril," a news release states.

The lodge, built in 1915, has "deteriorated significantly" in recent years and much of the interior of the two-story Whitfield County building has been lost.

According to the trust, there is "hope and support" in the city for saving the structure, which held commercial space on its ground floor while the upstairs served as a meeting hall for lodge members.

The "Places in Peril" list is designed to raise awareness about Georgia's significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, according to the trust.

"We hope the list will continue to bring preservation solutions to Georgia's imperiled historic resources by highlighting 10 representative sites," trust President and CEO Mark C. McDonald said.

Other sites on the list are Antioch Baptist Church in Crawfordville (Taliaferro County); Asbury United Methodist Church in Savannah (Chatham County); Cary Reynolds Elementary School in Doraville (DeKalb County); Central State Hospital in Milledgeville (Baldwin County); Fountain (Stone) Hall in Atlanta (Fulton County); Heritage Park in Griffin (Spalding County); the John Nelson Deming Home in Valdosta (Lowndes County); Nolan Crossroads in Bostwick (Morgan County); and the Rose Hill School in Porterdale (Newton County).