Masonic Buildings

Last Update: 29 Jun 2016 | General Update

  • Address: 13 - 21 Arthur Square, Belfast, BT1 5PY
  • Use: Retail
  • Floors: 4
  • Cost: £8,000
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Start Date: 1868
  • Completion Date: 1870
  • Developer:

    Belfast Masonic Hall Company Ltd

  • Architect:

    Lanyon Lynn & Lanyon

  • Contractor:

    Thomas McKeown

A four storey building, originally in polychrome brick on sandstone ground floor, but now rendered and painted. A plaque on the building marks the year of completion “AD 1870” and the masonic number “5870”.

One of the shop units once housed Arthur McNerney’s oyster tavern where small model ships made of chicken bones by French prisoners in the old Ann Street prison could be seen.

The site previously housed a two storey octagonal toll-house at the corner of Ann Street for the collection of duties from travellers crossing the Long Bridge from the east (Co. Down side).