Adel’s old Masonic Lodge to go on auction block Friday

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The commercial properties at 101 N. Ninth St. and 103 N. Ninth St. in Adel are for sale.

The 152-year-old former home of Adel’s Ancient Free and Accepted Masons on the courthouse square will go on the auction block Friday morning at 10 a.m.

The buildings at 101 N. Ninth St. and 103 N. Ninth St. were most recently the longtime home of HomeCare Service Inc. of Dallas County, which offered in-home care, meal services and transportation services to Dallas County residents for more than 50 years before its August 2019 bankruptcy.

The Masons organized in 1855 in Adel and eventually purchased the three-story Risser and Son Building at 101 N. Ninth St., with the lodge occupying an upper floor and the first floor leased out for retail purposes. Adel’s International Order of Odd Fellows organized the following year and first built on the south side of the square but eventually relocated to 103 N. Ninth St. in 1873, where they also occupied an upper floor and leased out the first floor as retail space.

The Adel Masons renovated the Risser and Son Building in 1924, stripping away the Italianate features and replacing them with a commercial style. The Adel Lodge #80 moved to its present location at 411 S. 12th St. in 1986.

The 11,282-square-foot, three-story retail and office properties on the southwest corner of the square will be sold to the highest bidder Friday regardless of price, according to the auction house.

The property is currently valued at $292,590, according to the Dallas County Assessor’s office. Interested buyers should be prepared to pay 10% cash down at the time of the sale, with the balance due on by the Nov. 30 closing.

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