Masonic Lodge, Invercargill (advice)

Otago/Southland
Grant: 
$38,750
Grant Type: 
Professional Advice Grant
Date funded: 
December 2019

This Greek Revival Masonic building was built in 1926 to a design by Broderick and Royd and constructed in brick and concrete. Both the exterior and the Greek Doric interior are notable, and it is probably the most impressive Masonic Lodge in New Zealand. Today, it is an imposing venue for hosting events and both private and charity functions.

A Heritage EQUIP professional advice grant has been awarded to the prospective purchasers of the building to secure a structural assessment and design package that will include:

  • detailed seismic assessment (which includes a desktop geotechnical report)
  • building survey
  • concept structural design for both 34% and 67% NBS
  • heritage or conservation architecture input to ensure appropriate heritage treatment
  • detailed structural design.

Following this advice, in May 2020, a Heritage EQUIP upgrade works grant was awarded for the seismic strengthening based on the detailed structural design provided with the professional advice package.

The Masonic Hall is listed by Heritage New Zealand as a Category 1 historic place.

Heritage New Zealand entry - Heritage New Zealand website