About Cincinnati-Lafayette Lodge 483

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A Blueprint for Living to Your Potential

Freemasonry is an individual journey towards becoming a better father, husband, friend, citizen and man, supported by other men at different points on the same journey. For centuries, the Lodge itself has been the launchpad for Masonic Education, and a common ground for Brethren of different backgrounds to meet and exchange ideas, provide support and offer friendship. 

Masons live by the principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth

The traditions of Freemasonry are founded upon the building of King Solomon’s Temple, and its fraternal ceremonies use the working tools of the stonemasons to symbolize moral lessons of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

Freemasonry is not meant in any way to interfere with an individual’s commitment to his faith, family or occupation. Freemasonry is not and never can be a replacement for these important institutions; rather, it is a positive environment that reminds every Mason of himself, his family, community and the Supreme Architect (an individual’s own definition of a Supreme Being.) 

What is Freemasonry  

Freemasonry is the leading fraternal organization in the world. Its origins are lost in the unrecorded history of medieval times, but it formally organized in London, England, in 1717. Current worldwide membership totals over 3 million members, 1.1 million of whom are in North America. With 75,000 Masons and 450 local Lodges, Ohio has one of the largest Masonic memberships of any state in the country.

As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind. 

Artificers' Global Check-in

The Artificer's Global Check-in stickers are popping-up all around the world, in the most interesting of places! Participate in this growing culmination of Freemason check-ins! Provide as much or as little information as you like. Just send a little "Hello Brothers!" by completing this form. Feel free to download and print your own stickers (single or sheet of 4). Est.2019 

Business Development Manager

George Washington

Founding Father and First President of the United States of America

One thing and only one thing a Masonic Lodge can give its members which they can get nowhere else in the world. That one thing is Masonry.

Public Relation Officer

Douglas MacArthur

General of the Army - World War II

Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man

Marketing Executive

Dave Thomas

Founder of Wendys

There are no strangers in Freemasonry, only friends you've yet to meet.

Chief Executive Officer

William Howard Taft

President of the United States

The secret of Masonry, like the secret of life, can be known only by those who seek it, serve it, live it. It cannot be uttered; it can only be felt and acted. It is, in fact, an open secret, and each man knows it according to his quest and capacity. Like all things worth knowing, no one can know it for another and no man can know it alone.


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Open House

218 Ludlow Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45220    4.27.24   5:00PM

Join Cincinnati Lafayette in our Annual Open House. Open to the public to answer your questions about Freemasonry.

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Red Cross Community Service

2111 Dana Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207    4.20.24 10:00AM

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Range Day and Raffle

3761 Round Bottom Rd, Newtown, OH 45244    5.25.24 9 AM FELLOWSHIP and  RAFFL, 10 AM Rounds Down Range

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Fellowcraft Degree

218 Ludlow Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45220    06.04.24Dinner 6:00 PM, Degree 7:00 PM

GOING DARK Table Lodge

218 Ludlow Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45220    07.09.24 Dinner 6:00 PM

Join your brothers in our annual table lodge.A festive event celebrating the first half of the years work.

Annual Summer Picnic

218 Ludlow Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45220    7.28.24 Fellowship 1:00 PM, Meal 2:00 PM

Fun, Food, Games and Fellowship.


Feb 27

Annual Inspection

Cincinnati Lafayette performed the entered appritence degree for or DDGM RWB Chris Gooding. Also doin Courtyisy work for McMakin lodge intiating Brother Lawson

Jan 27

SONKY Polar Plunge

Our annua reason for freezing, 5 Brave brothers participated in the Southern Ohio, Norther Kentucky Polar Plunge reasing money and awarness for the Special Olympics and Athletes.

Jan 23

Master Mason Degree

Pleaserable evening raising Brother Bill Jones to the sublime degree of Master Mason

Dec 10

Annual Holiday Party

Family fun with Santa and his elves. Good food and Fellowship

Dec 5

Instillation of Officers

The Officers of Cincinnati-Lafayette were installed for the 2024 Masonic Year.

Nov 7

Major Jonathan Heart Service to Country Award

The Major Jonathan Heart Service to Country Award was presented to RWB Steve Grathwahl for his service to his country in the United States Army.

Oct 10

Grand Master’s Award

Cincinnati Lafayette recieved the Gand Masters Award at during 214th Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ohio

Oct 7

Initiated Brother Ted Ross

The Officers of Cincinnati Lafayette Initiated new Brother Ted Ross with the Entered Apprentice Degree. Lead by Worshipful Brother Ron Thomas. Congratulations Brother Ross

Sep 9

All Masons Day at the Ohio Renaissance Festival

Cincinnati Lafayette joined brothers from the other lodges within in the First District for a day of fun and brotherhood at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Thanks to The Vally of Cincinnati for organizing and sponsoring the event.

Aug 31

Cincinnati Lafayette Night Out at the Ballpark

The Brothers of Cincinnati Lafayette enjoyed a Night at the Ballpark. Enjoying the Florence Yall’s night game with Family and Friends. A great end to the Summer.

July 29

2023 Summer Picnic

Our Annual Summer Picnic celebrating with brother and the families all the hard work the first have of 2023. It was an honor to have Boy Scout Troop 418 post the Colors at the beautiful Syrian Shrine Grounds in Evandale.

Contact Us

Joining Freemasonry?

It’s the worlds largest and oldest fraternity. Our particular Lodge, Cincinnati-Lafayette No. 483, was founded in 1831 and is located in the Cincinnati Masonic Center, downtown at 317 E 5th Street, next to the Taft Theater. We are an all-inclusive group of energetic, fun and true men who enjoy spending time together while bettering ourselves and the organizations with which we associate. We accept men of all backgrounds, races, creeds and philosophies, with only a few limitations:

A candidate must believe in a Higher Power (It’s up to the individual to decide what that is).

A candidate must be financially solvent (not dependent on others for support).

A candidate cannot have a felony conviction on his record.

A candidate must be 19 years of age or older.

Thats It! If you would like to be a part of a group of men you can trust, with whom you can build life-long friendships, and know they will be there for you and your family, Freemasonry might be for you. If you look for opportunities to give-back to your community through charitable activities, Freemasonry might be right for you. If you simply have a true love of learning, Freemasonry might be right for you.

Email: info@lodge483.com
Phone: 513-ARTFCRS (278-3277)
Address: 317 E Fifth Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Stated Meeting: First Monday @ 7:00 pm

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