In 2017, Worshipful Master Ricky Haskell of Pythagoras Lodge No. 41 began talks with Worshipful Master Lee Miller of Albert Pike Lodge No. 117 about merging the two lodges. After nearly two years of work between the Lodges, the Grand Lodge of Colorado chartered us on January 25th, 2019.
The new Lodge is named after Revolutionary War hero, Brother, and General, and close friend of Brother George Washington, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, better knows as the Marquis de Lafayette. Read more below about Lafayette and his apron from which we draw our name.
Masonic Lodges are numbered in the order that they are chartered. In keeping with tradition, our Lodge kept the lowest number of 41. The oldest Lodge in our history is Schiller Lodge No. 41, which was the only Lodge in Colorado authorized to work in the German language.
Read more below about the Lodges that form our history: Albert Pike No. 117, Pythagoras No. 41, Schiller No. 41, Rob Morris No. 92, and Wheatridge No. 187.
Named after the famous Masonic author and scholar, lawyer, and Army officer, the Lodge was first chartered in 1903. It met in the Denver Masonic building where we still meet today under our new name. In the ten years preceding the merger with Pythagoras Lodge, Albert Pike enjoyed a resurgunce in membership owing to its committment to its Brethren, and excellence in ritual work and Masonic education.
In 2016, both Schiller and Rob Morris Lodges were suffering the membership issues that plague many Lodges. Realizing that most of its members belonged to both Lodges, they voted to combine those two Lodges, resulting in a new Lodge with a new name representative of their Masonic work. Until the merger with Albert Pike, they met in the Denver Consistory building.
The oldest Lodge in our history, Schiller was chartered in 1881. A group of German speaking Masons in Denver wanted to honor the 100th anniversary of famous German Freemason Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller and so approached the Grand Lodge of Colorado with the request for dispensation to charter a new Lodge. They also requested and were granted permission to conduct all of their work and to keep their records in German.
Named for Masonic Poet Laureate Rob Morris, this lodge was formed from a request by several members of Denver Lodge No. 5 in 1892. Their first Worshipful Master John Fulton had met and was a great admirer of Worshipful Brother Rob Morris.
Wheatridge Lodge was the result of the Wheatridge Masonic Club which had gathered in August of 1859 for the purposes of forming a new Lodge. It was granted a charter in September 1959. Wheatridge Lodge merged with Albert Pike Lodge in 1995.