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"Masonic Widows' and Orphans' Home"
Tuck's (London) post card ca.1900

The Home was begun in 1869 and first occupied in 1871.  It was located on the east side of Second Street between Gaulbert and Avery Streets (Cardinal Blvd).  The building itself stood approximately on the site of the present day DuPont-Manual High School.  The Masonic Home housed orphans and widows of Kentucky Freemasons until 1927, when the home was moved to the eastern part of the county.

A tornado in 1875 completely destroyed the central portion of the building, which originally boasted two towers, which were removed.  Despite the major destruction of the building, no lives were lost.



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