Gray Lodge No. 329 A. F. & A. M.
2370 Barker Oaks Drive
Houston , 77077
Lodge relocated to 2370 Barker Oaks Dr, Houston, TX 77077-5230
Directions: One block west of Westheimer & Hwy 6 intersection, Barker Oaks access from Hwy 6 or Westheimer; behind mall, building about 50 yards off Barker Oaks Road
Key Time Period: 1866 - 1876 Reconstruction
Marker Text: Founded in 1870, this is Houston's second oldest Masonic Lodge. On May 11, 1870, twenty-two Master Masons, in response to the growth in Houston's population, signed a petition requesting a charter for a new lodge from the Grand Lodge of Texas. Gray Lodge No. 329 was constituted in the Hall of Houston's first Masonic Lodge, Holland Lodge No. 1.
The lodge was named for William Fairfax Gray, who was in Texas as a land agent and attended the Con-vention at Washington-on-the-Brazos in 1836 when Texas declared independence from Mexico. Gray moved his family from Virginia to Houston in 1837. He was by profession an attorney, and served as clerk of the Republic of Texas House of Representatives and the Senate in 1837 and 1838.
Over the years the organization has been involved in a variety of community activities. Masons from Gray Lodge were among the first to respond to victims of the devastating Galveston storm in September, 1900. A Masonic relief committee distributed gro-ceries and medicine and a temporary relief committee was authorized to provide assistance. Gray Lodge No. 329 continues to serve the community and promote a spirit of brotherhood and goodwill. (1991)
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Texas Historical Commission (THC)
Key Map Information: 488 S
GPS Coordinates: 29 44.274, 95 38.893
Precinct No: 3
Marker No: 10672