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House of the Temple

1733 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009


The House of the Temple serves as the national headquarters of  the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Southern Jurisdiction. The cornerstone was laid in 1911, and the building was completed in 1915. Its architecture is an adaptation of the famous Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.”  The architect of the House of the Temple was John Russell Pope who’s other works in the District of Columbia, include the National Gallery of Art, National Archives and the Jefferson Memorial.  It serves as a prominent location in Dan Brown's  book The Lost Symbol set in Washington, D.C. involving Freemasonry. The House of the Temple has been open to the public for guided tours since it opened in 1915. The Temple is open for tours Monday through Friday, 8am-3:30pm, and the first Saturday of each month, 10am-3pm (except the weekend of a Federal Holiday).  Admission is free.

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