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The church bell tower, also known as a belfry

Posted by Christian Cupola (guest) on Wed 03 Mar 2010 08:08:22 PM UTC

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Samuel Gompers Statue

Bronze monument honoring Gompers by the sculptor Robert Aitken resides in Gompers Square on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C., ironically located across from the headquarters of the Cato Institute. His personal residence can be seen at 1527 New Hampshire Avenue at Dupont Circle.

Posted by founder of the American Federation of Labor (guest) on Wed 03 Mar 2010 07:39:54 PM UTC

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Grotesque or Gargoyle?

Grotesques were used as decoration on 19th and early 20th century buildings in cities like Washington DC. No longer technically gargoyles, due to the lack of ability to drain water, grotesques on modern structures are still considered by most people to be gargoyles.

Gargoyles are said to scare off and protect from any evil or harmful spirits. Architecture usually designates the distinction between gargoyles as functional waterspouts, and non-waterspout figures as grotesques.

This one has a plaque space for the proprietor to paint a street number, secret symbol, or coat of arms.

Posted by Goliath and Demona (guest) on Wed 03 Mar 2010 07:25:04 PM UTC

The Hand Sculpture

Invitation to learn secret knowledge

The Hand of the Mysteries, which features alchemy symbolism, is also referred to as the hand of the Master Mason. It is said that the symbolic hand holds the keys to divinity and a practitioner can unlock the secrets through the symbolism. Each finger has it's own unique symbol. The pinky is typically seen with a key, the ring finger with a lantern, the middle finger with a sun, the index with a star, and the thumb with a crown. The Hand of Mysteries is also the basis for Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol.

Posted by ancient symbol (guest) on Wed 03 Mar 2010 06:59:38 PM UTC

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Washington Pyramids

Both the pyramid and the triangle can be found throughout the Masonic system. It can be seen in modern construction. The symbol can be found within the Royal Arch which the jewels of the officers are suspended. It is in the Ineffable Degrees the sacred Delta, everywhere presenting itself as the symbol of God. In Ancient Craft Masonry, pyramids and triangles are exhibited as major elements of important ceremonies. The seats of the principal officers are arranged in a triangular form, the three Lesser Lights have the same arrangement, and the Square and Compasses form, by their union on the greater light, form two triangles meeting at their bases. The triangle may be considered as one of the most constant forms of Masonic symbolism.

Posted by Grand Architect of the Universe (guest) on Wed 03 Mar 2010 06:45:30 PM UTC

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Commodore John Barry 1745-1803

Often credited as The Father of the American Navy, he was an officer in the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War, and later became the first American commissioned naval officer commissioned by President George Washington in 1797.

Posted by Franklin Square (guest) on Wed 03 Mar 2010 05:48:34 PM UTC

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A Fiercely Grimacing Lion's Head

Many Coat of Arms, like the one seen here, contain ominous and threatening characters suggesting Don't dare tread on me and my house.

Posted by Lionel (guest) on Wed 03 Mar 2010 05:33:42 PM UTC

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The Cato Institute

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Cato's work has increasingly come to be called "libertarianism" or "market liberalism." It combines an appreciation for entrepreneurship, the market process, and lower taxes with strict respect for civil liberties and skepticism about the benefits of both the welfare state and foreign military adventurism.

Almost a generation before Washington, Henry, and Jefferson were even born, two Englishmen, concealing their identities with the honored ancient name of Cato, wrote newspaper articles condemning tyranny and advancing principles of liberty that immensely influenced American colonists. The Englishmen were John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon. Their prototype was Cato the Younger (95–46 B.C.), the implacable foe of Julius Caesar and a champion of liberty and republican principles. Their 144 essays were published from 1720 to 1723, originally in the London Journal, later in the British Journal. Subsequently collected as Cato's Letters, these "Essays on Liberty, Civil and Religious" became, as...

Posted by Jeffersonian (guest) on Tue 02 Mar 2010 04:20:17 PM UTC

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Posted by DCpages.com (guest) on Mon 01 Mar 2010 10:52:13 PM UTC

The Desoto

1445 P St NW Washington, DC 20005

The DeSoto Apartment building is located across from Whole Foods in Logan Circle, about an 8-10 minute walk from the Dupont Circle Metro. The DeSoto Co-op contains 7 floors, 66 residences and has that industrial feel - floor to ceiling windows, polished concrete floors and exposed ducts. Amenities include a residents lounge, a two-level underground parking garage, and an abundance of retail in the immediate neighborhood.

Posted by The DeSoto (guest) on Mon 01 Mar 2010 10:43:21 PM UTC

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