This huge Masonic temple acts as headquarters for the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. It is also known as the Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction.
This building, completed in 1915, was modeled after one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. John Russell Pope was the architect for this building and for the Jefferson Memorial, the National Gallery of Art and the National Archives.
Two sphinxes guard the entrance to the building. The one on the left, carved from a single block of stone, represents power. Its eyes are open and there is a cobra around its neck.
Guided tours are available for the House of the Temple every 15 minutes from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday.
Each corner of the roof is guarded by a carved, two-headed eagle.
The Supreme Council, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction is located at 1733 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Masonic Temple.
Closest Metro Station: The Supreme Council Temple is located about mid-way between the Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line and the U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro Station on the Green and Yellow Lines.
Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: This temple is mentioned in the Prologue and in Chapters 84, 115, 117, 119, 124, 128 and 131.