The George Washington Masonic Memorial
The colossal building erected as a memorial "lighthouse" to George Washington, Mason and Father of the United States, was begun in 1922 on the spot once proposed by Thomas Jefferson as the ideal site for the nation's Capitol. Final construction was finished almost 50 years later in 1970, as the Masons proceeded with building only as funds were raised for that purpose. Supported by the State Grand Lodges, the Masonic Memorial is a repository of many Washington artifacts and the history of American Freemasons. Its exterior is inspired by the Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt, while its interiors are a rich mix of Georgian, Gothic, Federal and other historic styles.
The North Lodge Room
Most plenary sessions will be held in the North Lodge Room. The North Lodge Room is contstructed in the Gothic style, reminiscent of the cathedrals of the Middle Ages. The arched ceiling is constructed with exposed oak beams from which hang eight copper laterns measuring 6 feet in height. The surrounding balconies and Gothic stage add to the drama of the room's setting. Lunches provided on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will be held in the Memorial’s dining room.
Grand Masonic Hall
The Closing Banquet will be held in the Grand Masonic Hall. In the center space of the first floor, the Grand Masonic Hall is dedicated to the U.S. Grand Lodges who comprise the Masonic Memorial Association and that built and maintain the Memorial. Eight monolithic columns of polished New Hampshire green granite 4 feet in diameter and 18 feet high support the massive building overhead.
The Masonic Memorial is located at 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22301, U.S.A., at the top of King Street, a 10-minute uphill walk from the King Street Metro station. For more information visit its website.