THE SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE:

16 Dec

The Creed of the 100 year old House of the Scottish Rite Temple located at 16th and S Street in North West DC is “Human progress is our cause; liberty of thought our supreme wish, freedom of conscience our mission and the guarantee of equal rights to all people everywhere our ultimate goal.” The House of the Scottish Rite Temple is one of WashingtonDC’s architectural treasures. It was listed in 1978 on the National Register of Historic Places.

The House of the Scottish Rite Temple was designed by architect John Russell Pope. The House of the Scottish Rite Temple won the Architectural League of New York’s Gol Medal in 1917. Pope modeled the House of the Scottish Rite Temple was designed after the tomb of Mausolusat Halicarnassus. The tomb of Mausolusat Halicarnassus is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It also is final resting place to several of the Scottish Rite Sovereign Grand Commanders along with the remains of Albert Pike.

The library inside the House of the Scottish Rite Temple was one of the first library’s in DC. The ScottishRiteTemple houses one of the largest collections related to Scottish poet Robert Burns. Burns was a Freemason.

A panel of architects named the House of the ScottishRiteTemple “one of the three best buildings: in the United States. The other two “best buildings” are the Pan American Union Headquarters building in WashingtonDC and the Nebraska State Capitol. Federal Government architects ranked the House of the Scottish Rite Temple one of the top ten buildings in the United States in 1932.

[ www.godinthetemplesofgovernment.com ]

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