Anticipation is growing over the upcoming auction of the Masonic Lodge building at 13th and Reese streets on Saturday, with some worrying the historic building could be at risk.
Concern was heightened on Monday when a potential bidder inquired about town building and land-use regulations and whether it would be permissible for someone to buy the building and tear it down.
But that potential bidder, a Durango man, told the Standard on Tuesday that his inquiry had been misunderstood.
“You can scratch my name off the list of anyone who would want to buy that building just to demolish it,” he said.
Saturday’s auction will end 135 years of Masonic Lodge history in Silverton. The Silverton Masonic Lodge No. 33 AF & AM was chartered in 1878, and is the oldest Masonic Lodge on the Western Slope of Colorado.
The much-anticipated auction is scheduled to begin at 11:09 a.m. at the corner of 13th and Reese streets.
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