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The preparation of discrete tetranuclear lanthanide/alkali metal (Ae) assemblies bearing a tribenzoylmethane ligand (LH) is discussed. These assemblies have the general formula [Ln(Ae·HOEt)(L)4]2, where Ln3+ = Gd3+, Tb3+, Dy3+, Ho3+ and Ae+ = Na+, K+, Rb+. The coordination geometries of the lanthanide species were analyzed and compared, revealing a trend between an eight-coordinate square antiprism and triangular dodecahedron dependent on the nature of lanthanide, alkali metal, and lattice solvent. The potassium-containing analogs were also analyzed for their magnetic susceptibility.