Freemasonry - A historic meeting hall for African American Masons has been transformed into an apartment building in Princeton, NJ.
JZA+D re-designed 30 Maclean Street – dubbed 30 Mac – as a sustainable collection of ten mixed-income rental apartments in the Witherspoon-Jackson District neighborhood.
Originally built in 1924, the property housed the temple and meeting house of Aaron Lodge No. 9 Masonic, a African American branch of the Freemasons, the secret society of men that dates back to the 14th century.
The property was acquired by local developer Princeton Maclean LLC and, following a two-year process of public hearings and community consultation, JZA+D obtained approval to transform the 7,600 s/f structure into housing, with the objective of commemorating its authentic character.
Rising four stories, 30 Maclean was reimagined inside and out to preserve its storied legacy while introducing best practices in green building. It features ten studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units with contemporary materials and finishes. The stucco and brick exterior façade has been restored to maintain its historic appearance and charm.
Freemasonry - A historic meeting hall for African American Masons has been transformed into an apartment building in Princeton, NJ