Washington DC - Masons And Masonic Temple
( Originally Published Late 1800's )
IN the District of Columbia there are twenty lodges of Masons, with a membership of nearly three thousand, and the order is in a very prosperous condition. The Masonic Temple in Washington is an attractive structure. It is situated on F Street, corner of Ninth northwest, and was erected in 1868 at a cost of $200,000. It is of granite and free-stone, and is four stories in height. The first floor is occupied by stores, and the second floor contains a hall front of the building is a large balcony. Stores occupy the ground floor, and on the second floor is a public hall. The lodge and encampment rooms are on the third floor, and are finely decorated and furnished. There are fourteen lodges and four encampments, and the order numbers about eighteen hundred members, and is rapidly increasing.