HIGHLAND PARK — Here’s a last-minute gift idea: The former Highland Park Masonic Temple, a 1920s Italian Renaissance Revival-style hall and commercial building at the corner of Figueroa and Avenue 56 – came up for sale this month at an asking price of $4.75 million, according to LoopNet.com.
The approximately 19,000-square-foot building was constructed in 1923 for Masonic Lodge 382 but now is home to Good Girl Dinette, the field office for Councilman Gil Cedillo and other commercial spaces on the ground floor. The upper floors halls are rented out for banquets, parties and other private events. The three-story building is a city historic cultural monument and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The building, with a brick facade featuring arches and balconies, sits in a “rapidly gentrifying” section of Highland Park, according to the listing. With new stores and restaurants popping up along Figueroa, it will be interesting to see what kind of response this landmark receives.