City unveils first heritage plaque at historic Masonic Lodge building

The first of 15 plaques designating heritage property in the City of Moncton was unveiled in a brief ceremony yesterday outside the Masonic Temple on the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets.

The plaque is part of the city’s Heritage Preservation Review Board Plaque Program intended to identify and promote heritage sites within the city.

Taking part in the ceremony were Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc, Beverly Barrett, chairwoman of the Moncton Heritage Preservation Review Board, Moncton Councillor Paulette Theriault and Miles Graham, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Brunswick.

“Moncton’s heritage properties reflect the city’s history and help tell the story of our past,” said LeBlanc. “Heritage preservation plays an important role in preserving Moncton’s heritage and this excellent program will bring more public awareness to our city’s beautiful and historic heritage buildings.”

The Masonic Temple was completed in 1924.

“It is the Heritage Preservation Review Board’s intent to continue to plaque a certain number of the buildings on an annual basis,” said Barrett. “Currently, more than 120 properties are protected as individual landmarks.”

Other buildings to receive a heritage plaque this year are the Central United Church (1916), the Central United Church Manse (1912), the First United Baptist Church (1915), St. George’s Anglican Church (1935), the McSweeney Building (1901), the Transcript Building (1900), the William S. Torrie House (circa 1861), the Capitol Theatre (1922), the Times Building (1902), the Royal Bank (1899), the Aberdeen School (1916), the Dr. Ambrose R. Myers House (1904), St. Bernard’s Church (1891) and St. Bernard’s Rectory (1915).

The first of 15 plaques designating heritage property in the City of Moncton was unveiled in a brief ceremony yesterday outside the Masonic Temple on the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets. The plaque is part of the city’s Heritage Preservation Review Board Plaque Program intended to identify and promote heritage sites within the city.…