|Masonic House of the Temple. Photo: Jorge Bela|
I admit that I have a soft spot for buildings that are almost carbon copies of the wonders of the ancient world. The most famous and beautiful of them is the Lincoln Memorial (Henry Bacon, 1922), which looks a lot like Athens’ Parthenon. There is, however, an architect who got to design not one, but two of such buildings: John Russell Pope. One of the most influential architects in DC, he is better known for his most popular work: the Jefferson memorial, which closely resembles Agrippa’s Pantheon. Equally spectacular, but far well less known, is the Masonic House of the Temple, which was clearly inspired in the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. (It is remarkable that Russell Pope also designed two major buildings in the Mall, the National Archives and the National Gallery of Art West Wing, perhaps his masterpiece. We we will look at these buildings in future posts).
|The Library. Photo: Jorge Bela|
|The Grand Stairway. Photo: Jorge Bela|
|Thomas, our guide at the temple. Photo: Jorge Bela|
House of the Temple
1733 16th St. NW • Washington, DC 20009–3103
T: 202–232–3579 • F: 202–464–0487
Near by: Dupont Circle and it's historic mansions. Trendy restaurants on 14th and 17th Streets.
|Possible rendition of the original Mausoleum.|