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The Olmsted and Masonic Home

Archival photo, courtesy of Masonic Homes of Kentucky Founded in 1867 as the Masonic Widows and Orphans Home & Infirmary, The Olmsted and Masonic Home in Louisville is the oldest Masonic Home in North America. It is located on a large park-like setting designed by the famed landscape architectural firm, Olmsted Brothers.

The Olmsted today The Olmsted, located in the center of the 81-acre campus of the Masonic Homes of Kentucky (in the historic Crescent Hill/St. Matthews area), was constructed between 1925 and 1927. It originally was the dining hall for the orphans but now is owned by Masterson's Catering. It is rented for special events.

In 2008 Louisville Life talks with one of the former orphans, Frances Athington, an eastern Kentucky native, who recently returned to this site for her senior living. It's a place that she maintains is her true home! We learn about her days in the orphanage and her memories dining in what is now the beautiful Olmsted.

In the year 2000 The Grand Lodge of Kentucky celebrated its bicentennial anniversary of Masonry. In the past 200 years, Masonry in Kentucky has grown to have over 61,000 members and hundreds of lodges. The Masonic Homes of Kentucky is one of the better known causes The Grand Lodge of Kentucky supports.

Program 308
Louisville Life features the Southern Foodways Alliance, the Weber Group's imaginative theme-park creations, the history of the oldest Masonic home in North America, Elvis and more. (#308)