The historic building housing Pawhuska’s Masonic Wah-Shah-She Lodge No. 110 has undergone extensive renovations since early February.
When lodge members decided to lower the ceiling of the 1906 building, they discovered broken support beams and a leaking roof. A crane was brought in to install two massive steel support beams.
With the major renovations behind them, Worship Master John Johnson said the rest of the updates are cosmetic.
“We were delighted to find hardwood floors underneath the carpet,” said Johnson. “These will be sanded, stained, and sealed. We will eventually replace the carpet around the three main podiums.”
Johnson explained the tin ceiling tiles are being hand-refurbished and will be repurposed behind the north and south altars. These tiles are unique in that they each bear an embossed Masonic crest. The original overhead lighting has been reinstalled along with the lodge’s beautiful oak furniture whose craftsmanship is the envy of lodges throughout the United States.
“Once we have our floors in shape and the east and west walls painted,” said Johnson. “We will host an open house for the Grand Lodge along with area lodges.”