Henry and Caroline Durand House/ Masonic Temple  (1856)
Built in 1856 for Henry S. Durand and his wife Caroline, this Italianate style mansion features a low pitched roof, wide eaves, brackets, tall windows and a cupola.

Born in 1817 near Hartford, Connecticut, Durand was a successful businessman. Upon moving to Racine in 1843, he was a retail merchant, but quickly expanded into the coal and lumber businesses, opened an insurance company, became involved in real estate, and promoted building the first railroad out of the city.

Henry and his wife lived in the home until moving to Chicago in 1891 where Mr. Durand passed away in 1899. The house was purchased by Otis Johnson, President of Fish Brothers Wagon Company, and later a state senator. Johnson and his family resided in the house until selling it in 1903 to Frederick Robinson, a Vice-President of
J.I. Case Company.

Fredrick and his wife, Lillian Bull Robinson, and their two children lived in the house until his death in 1919. Extensive renovations occurred during his ownership, including adding electricity, plumbing, steam heat, and stained glass doors, and installing Johnson flooring on the main level.

The Racine Masonic Temple purchased the house in 1920. Lodge members approved plans for an attached Egyptian-themed facility, designed by E. B. Funston, to address the needs of a growing organization. This union of two buildings created a multipurpose facility which includes a grand ballroom, two theater-style lodge rooms, a dining
room and many smaller rooms which host private and community events.