In my Looking Back column last September, I wrote of my own concern for the future of one of the last historic buildings still remaining in Lynnwood. Thus, for me, it was wonderful to see that this building, as shown here, now seems to have a new purpose in life. Also, diversity in Lynnwood is taking another step forward.
Since the building first opened its doors over 97 years ago as the Masonic Temple and home of Robert Burns Lodge No. 243, F. & A.M. of Washington, this three-story red brick building located in what used to be the very heart of the farming community of Alderwood Manor has seen a lot of change. Through the 1930s, it weathered the worst of economic times. Later, it stood alone as all the other buildings surrounding it disappeared to be replaced by new structures as Lynnwood developed into a progressive city.
For me, it signifies the endurance of a community through difficult times. Architecturally, it may not be significant; however, just by enduring, the old Masonic Temple seemed to deserve more than a wrecking ball to make way for more progress. Now, it appears as if my hope for a reprieve is becoming a reality.
Recently, as I walked by this building at 19425 36th Ave. W. in Lynnwood, I began noticing that something was happening. A short time ago, the for-sale sign was gone, and then the sign identifying the building as the Vietnamese Alliance Church of Lynnwood was removed. Now in its place, there is a new sign for another church — the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.
A banner now hangs over the main entrance. I understand the green, yellow and red colors are those of Ethiopia. For the congregation of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, may I personally extend a welcome and a wish that you experience good fellowship and peace in your new house of worship.
— By Betty Lou Gaeng
Betty Lou Gaeng is a long-time resident of Lynnwood and Edmonds, coming to the area in 1933. She researches and writes about the history and the people of both early-day Lynnwood and Edmonds. She is also a member of the Edmonds Cemetery Board