Dating the medieval times, Freemasonry is likely the world's oldest fraternity. Freemasonry dates from 1848 in Flint. Completed in 1911, this building has housed lodges including Flint 23, Fellowship 490, Genesee 174, Charles A. Durand 533, Morningstar 556, the Shriners, York Rite, Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star, and other Masonic bodies that devote themselves to charitable works that benefit the Flint Community.
Many of Flint's most prominent citizens have been Masons. The city's "new" Masonic temple was dedicated in 1911 with great fanfare. Since then the building has been the site of many Masonic and non-Masonic groups who held regular meetings at the temple. The Flint Old Newsboys held its organizational meeting here in 1924. In 1947 the Battiste family opened the Temple Dining Room, which became a popular restaurant and venue for benefit dinners.