1876 - 1914
The first moves to build a Masonic Hall seems to have started in 1876 when there were five Lodges meeting in Nottingham and a further four meeting elsewhere in the Province.
A committee was set up to get a "home of their own". It was decided that the share capital be fixed at £6,000, and in August 1876 property in Goldsmith Street was purchased for £1,228 and 10 shillings. Plans were prepared and a prospectus printed and sent to all the Brethren in the Province. In January 1877, the Directors were authorised to obtain Specifications and Estimates and by February, these had been approved.
Nothing seems to have happened until a meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on 20th September 1878 when R.W. Brother The Duke of St Albans was installed as the Provincial Grand Master and it was agreed that a committee be formed to consider the building of a new Masonic Hall.
On 24th January 1879, this committee issued a report recommending the project. In February 1880, the site had been paid for, plans approved and a tender accepted. On Saturday 2nd July 1881, the building was completes and dedicated by the Grand Secretary, V. W. Brother Colonel Shadwell Clerke, assisted by the Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Brother The Duke of St Albans, and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master.
The building was built where the present Corinthian Temple and Corinthian Dining Room now stand, at the junction of Goldsmith Street and Masonic Place and with the entrance on the front of the building.
Shortly after it opened, it was decided also to open a Club on the premises, and within two years it had enrolled over 200 members.
Soon the Brethren wanted to enlarge the property. Tentative enquiries were made about the houses in Belgrave Square - but there was much opposition from the tenants. At the outbreak of the war, in 1914, any further plans came to a halt.