BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SANTA BARBARA SCOTTISH RITE
Freemasonry came to Santa Barbara in 1868 when Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192 was chartered, followed by
Magnolia Lodge No. 242 in 1875. In later years Magnolia Lodge consolidated with La Cumbre Lodge No. 142, chartered in 1926, to become Magnolia La Cumbre Lodge No. 242.
Scottish Rite clubs were formed by Masons living in Santa Barbara and Ventura with the intention of forming a Scottish Rite Valley. Occasionally members of Los Angeles Scottish Rite would come to Santa Barbara to confer degrees.
The last meeting of the Scottish Rite Club and the first meeting of Santa Barbara Lodge of Perfection was held jointly on July 31, 1931, and received its charter in October 1931. By 1939 charters had been issued for Chapter of Rose Croix, Council of Kadosh, and Santa Barbara Consistory.
Since the Masonic lodge rooms in Santa Barbara were not equipped for the Scottish Rite degrees, new lights, scenery, stage props and costumes were purchased to enhance the presentation of degrees. Membership grew so that by 1954 the facilities in Masonic Temple were unable to handle the Maundy Thursdays observance except in three shifts. In 1999, one lodge room in the Masonic Temple in Santa Barbara, now designated Masonic Center, was renovated for the Scottish Rite with new seating, a stage, and scenery, making it one of the most attractive settings for the presentation of degree work between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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