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House of the Temple

About the Temple

The exterior of the building stands 130 feet high, the top of which is surrounded by Ionic columns that rise to a magnificent stepped pyramid roof. The front of the building features two impressive sphinxes carved on site from limestone by famed sculptor Adolph A. Weinman, who is best-known for designing the Walking Liberty and Winged Mercury coins. The rear of the building is a dramatic rotunda, within which are the Library and the Grand Staircase that leads to the [...]

History of the Temple
Construction of the Temple, 1913

During the Supreme Council’s session in October 1909, a resolution was passed to enlarge or extend the existing House of the Temple in Washington, D.C., or to erect a new one. This unanimously enacted resolution gave Grand Commander James D. Richardson “full power to do any and all things necessary and proper in connection herewith (that is the building etc.,) including the purchase of the necessary real estate and the erection of a suitable building, furnishing the same, etc.” (1911 [...]

Visitor Information
House of the Temple side view in the daytime

The House of the Temple is located at 1733 Sixteenth Street, NW, in the District of Columbia. Designed by famous architect John Russell Pope, this monumental building has served as the national headquarters of the Supreme Council since 1915. The Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia laid the cornerstone 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.” There [...]

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Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Our purpose is to help improve the lives of children by providing quality care for selected orthopedic and related neurodevelopmental and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as specific learning disorders. We strive to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs. 

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Freemasonry Q & A: Where and when was the 33° jewel first described?

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The Scottish Rite originated in Scotland.

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