Over 150 years of Masonry in the Rockridge district of Oakland.
A story of Three Masonic Lodges
The Brethren who constitute Oakland Durant Rockridge Lodge #188 trace their Masonic history through three Masonic Lodges and relationships with several local lodges. We are chartered by The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of California.
Thirteen Masonic Brethren met on March 7th, 1868 to form a new Lodge. The first meeting of Oakland Lodge #188 was held on March 18th, 1868. Bro. Nathan W. Spalding of San Francisco’s Mission Lodge #169 was elected to serve as the founding Master of the Lodge, which received its charter the following October 15. During his term as Master, he began to serve the first of two terms as Mayor of Oakland, and his portrait may be seen on the West wall of the Lodge room. Oakland and Mission Lodges have ever since enjoyed a cordial “Sister Lodge” relationship.
In 1882, a group of thirteen Master Masons met in a doctor’s office on University Avenue to form a new Lodge in the village of Berkeley. This distinguished Lodge first met on November 29th, 1882, using an altar cloth, Bible and candlesticks donated by Oakland Lodge #188. Bro. George D. Metcalf of Oakland Lodge was elected Master, and the Lodge voted to adopt the name of The Rev. Henry Durant of Oakland Lodge, founder and first president of the University of California, thus becoming Durant Lodge #268.
in 1917 Rockridge Lodge was founded, receiving the lodge’s charter on October 11, 1918. In 1926-27, the lodge constructed and moved into the landmark building which is still home to Oakland Durant Rockridge Lodge.
On December 6th, 1983, Rockridge Lodge #468 consolidated with Oakland Lodge to form Oakland-Rockridge Lodge #188. Just over a year later, on January 1st, 1985, Durant Lodge cemented its historically cordial relationship with Oakland Lodge by consolidating as Oakland Durant Rockridge Lodge #188.
Oakland Durant Rockridge Lodge continues the traditions of its three component Lodges of providing good fellowship for its members and service to its community.
Please see our 50th Anniversary and 100th Anniversary of Oakland Lodge books for more information about the first century of one of the primary lodges that eventually became Oakland Durant Rockridge #188.