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House of the Temple

In the heart of the nation's capital, stands one of the city's most beautiful monuments. It's been called a marvel of architecture, a wonder in stone, the spirit of the Scottish Rite captured for a moment in time.
The House of the Temple is a Masonic temple which serves as the headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. It is located at the corner of 16th Street and S Street in the northwest section of the city. The Temple was modeled after the Mausoleum of Maussollos (a provincial king in the Persian Empire). Ground was broken on May 31, 1911 and the cornerstone was laid on October 18, 1911. The building was dedicated four years later on October 18, 1915. An alcove in the temple holds the remains of Confederate general and noted freemason Albert Pike.

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Cornerstone Hall of Freedom - U.S. Capitol Cornerstone Long Lost, Now Found? The article states that in 1993 workers found a metagraywacke stone in the Capitol's basement hall floor rear the original House wing. But, they found no ceremonial dedication plate.

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Cornerstone Hall of Freedom - This article states that the upper panel of the monumental bronze doors of the U.S. Capitol depicts President and Brother George Washington, a trowel in his right hand, laying the cornerstone of the United States Capitol with Masonic ceremonies on Sept 18, 1793.

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The Cornerstone - A fragment of the foundation of the United States Capitol Building taken From an area thought to be near the cornerstone laid in full Masonic ceremony by Brother George Washington on September 18, 1793.

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Robert Burns Library - Dupont Delorm's manuscript book - certified Jean Baptiste Marie Delahogue. This book included early versions of the Scottish Rite rituals in French, as used by the first Supreme Council.

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Robert Burns Library - Masonic Apron

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Robert Burns Library - - Masonic Apron

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Robert Burns Library - - Masonic Apron

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Robert Burns Library - The first Masonic book printed in America by Benjamin Franklin in 1734 is Anderson’s Constitutions.

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Robert Burns Library - Beginning about the 1760s, the Operative Mason's working tools received symbolic meanings which denoted the Speculative Mason's duties.

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Robert Burns Library

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Robert Burns Library

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Robert Burns Library

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Temple Architects Hall of Honor - Robert J. Dole, 33°, Grand Cross Mason

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