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Scenes of Washington: Masonic buildings

Scottish Rite Temple

Eastern Star Headquarters

Naval Lodge No. 4

Almas Temple

House of the Temple (Scottish Rite)

Grand Lodge (1908 - 1983)

Grand Lodge (1868 - 1908)

Potomac Lodge No. 5

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Out on Rhode Island Avenue is a building with a sign that reads "Langdon Lodge #5" or something. Anyone know what that's about?

by David C on Feb 28, 2010 3:41 pm • linkreport

Appears to be another fraternal organization, the Odd Fellows.

The Freemasons were only one of the earliest and most prominent of the fraternal organizations that rose to popularity in the late 1700's and fell from it in the early 1900's. There were hundreds or thousands of popular social clubs like this, and towards the end maybe half of adult males were members. They were highly influential in politics, particularly in independence movements, around the world. What survives is a remnant of a remnant, with an average age in the 60's, an elaborate hierarchy of artifice & tradition that is not particularly attractive to newcomers, and lodges being sold off regularly.

Respect for their history doesn't stop me from making fun of some of the more bizarre aspects of the organization, or from the only person in my life affiliated with them from punching me when I do.

by Squalish on Feb 28, 2010 4:03 pm • linkreport

can't wait to see doug willinger chime in on this one...

by IMGoph on Feb 28, 2010 9:50 pm • linkreport can you do a section on Masonic buildings and NOT include the Masonic Temple in Alexandria? :o)

by Froggie on Feb 28, 2010 10:25 pm • linkreport

Love that Naval Lodge No. 4. A sullivan styled masterpiece. Where's Kent to inform? Is it by the same guy that did the Cairo Apartment building?

by Thayer-D on Mar 1, 2010 7:19 am • linkreport

Check out the picture of the brethren, and note that many are in their 20s and 30s.

by goldfish on Mar 1, 2010 9:46 am • linkreport

"They were highly influential in politics..."

Why neccessarily the past tense?

The lock step behavor of organizations as the 'Committee of 100', Federal City Council and the City government of Alexandria, with their response to the Alexandria Orb to reduce the Washington Street Urban Deck by some 80% (and even having their lackeys regarding the Freedmans Cemetery to agree without dissent to have that cemetry next to an uncovered highway instead) speaks volumns of these satanic organizations.

The message that I received essentually from the crap Alexandria city government is essentually to go to hell to those with better ideas, and that they have the power to cut their noses to spite their faces via showing their power with their pupeteering (including via such figures as the current Mayor who particpiapeted in the lying).

My experiances with promoting the Alexandria Orb, for me was a revelation about what pieces of sh*t officials can become when they join these orders- with them marching in lockstep to bad ideas.

by Douglas A. Willinger on Mar 1, 2010 12:57 pm • linkreport

"Out on Rhode Island Avenue is a building with a sign that reads "Langdon Lodge #5" or something."

2022 Rhode Island Ave., NE:

by rockcreek on Mar 1, 2010 8:06 pm • linkreport

The Masons, not too surprisingly given their name, tend to make these absolutely lovely buildings.

Thanks so much for the article and for all of the photos!

As for the Oddfellows: Here is what R.E.M. has to say about it. ;)

It's amazing what you can do with two chords.

FWIW I know where to find the guy who broke Stipe's jaw when he was busking in DC in 1990 or so.

by Thomas Hardman on Mar 2, 2010 9:31 pm • linkreport

Goldfish, thanks for the link! I am astounded, and delighted, to see (even now) such a racially mixed Masonic lodge. Maybe that's part of the secret of Naval Lodge #4's ability to attract younger members.

by davidj on Mar 3, 2010 12:42 am • linkreport

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