Masons seek to restore historic temple

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A group of Freemasons is trying to restore a Masonic Temple in Franklin that they say was the first three-story building constructed in Tennessee.

Craig Feldner, who is leader of Hiram Lodge No. 7, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1oaA1SB) that he hopes the building’s importance to the city and to U.S. history can drum up enough interest to save it.

They temple is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the place where President Andrew Jackson met with Chickasaw leaders in 1830 and the Native Americans signed a treaty giving up their lands.

The Freemasons are trying to raise about $4 million to renovate the entire building, including the third floor, which has been declared off-limits by city inspectors due to concerns about structural soundness.