Founded in 1870, we are Houston’s second oldest Masonic Lodge. On May 31, 1870 twenty-two Master Masons, in response to the growth in Houston’s population, signed a petition requesting a charter for a new lodge from the Grand Lodge of Texas.
Gray Lodge #329 was constituted in the hall of Houston’s first Masonic Lodge, Holland Lodge No. 1.
This Lodge was named for William Fairfax Gray, who was in Texas as a land agent and attended the convention at “Washington-on-the-Brazos” in 1836 when Texas declared independence from Mexico. Gray moved his family from Virginia to Houston in 1837. He was by profession an attorney, and served as clerk of the Republic of Texas House of Representatives and the Senate in 1837 and 1838.
Over the years, the organization has been involved in a variety of community activities. Masons from Gray Lodge were among the first to respond to victims of the devastating Galveston storm in September 1900. A Masonic relief committee distributed groceries and medicine and a temporary relief committee was authorized to provide assistance.
Gray Lodge #329 continues to serve the community and promote a spirit of brotherhood and good will.