"The Masonic Temple" Masonic Temple Tip by dek516

Masonic Temple, Washington D.C.: 3 reviews and 4 photos

  The Masonic Temple
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  • The Masonic Temple - Washington D.C.
      The Masonic Temple
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  • Sphinx in front of the Temple - Washington D.C.
      Sphinx in front of the Temple
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A less-visited but fairly interesting spot downtown is the Masonic Temple, also known as the House of the Temple, on Wisconsin Avenue. The building, which is classical in style, was built between 1911 and 1915. It has been used since that time as a meeting place for Free Masons, a worldwide fraternal organization made famous by the Da Vinci Code.

Freemasonry relies heavily on symbolism. They value the number 33, for instance, and as a result there are 33 columns around the building downtown, 33 seats in the main meeting room and 33 members of their Supreme Council. We were told that the Masons requested to have the Temple's street address changed to 1733 Wisconsin Ave, and were granted their request.

Tours of the temple can be a little tricky, depending on your schedule. You can visit between 9 and 4 on weekdays but only the first Saturday of each month (same hours). Tours end at 3pm, so leave plenty of time. Admission and tour are free. The tour lasts for about 45 minutes.

Address: 1733 Wisconsin Ave NW
Directions: Dupont Circle metro stop (red line), take the Q St exit.
Website: http://www.scottishrite.org/

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  • Written Apr 22, 2008
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