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Encyclopedia > George Washington Masonic National Memorial
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
George Washington Masonic National Memorial

George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a masonic lodge and memorial dedicated to the memory of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America and a Mason. George Washington belonged to Alexandria Lodge 22, and was named the lodge's Charter Master in 1788. Records of Washington presiding over the lodge are non-existent, possibly due to a fire at the lodge's original location in Alexandria's City Hall, which is where the lodge met until moving to the memorial in the early 1940s. Ground was broken in 1922, the Cornerstone laid in 1923; it was completed in 1932.[1] It is located in Alexandria, Virginia atop Shuter's Hill (named after a union fort on the same location) and affords views of Alexandria and Washington, D.C. to the north. The tower is fashioned after the Lighthouse of Alexandria, in part because of town's namesake, and the masonic interest in great buildings of the ancient world. It is near the King Street station of the Metro. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1636 × 2181 pixel, file size: 566 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1636 × 2181 pixel, file size: 566 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. ... In most areas of the world Masons gather together in Masonic Lodges to work the three degrees of Freemasonry: 1° = Entered Apprentice 2° = Fellow Craft 3° = Master Mason Blue Lodge is used to specify the basic Masonic Lodge granting the first three degrees and to differentiate it from other Masonic... George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799)[1] led Americas Continental Army to victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), and in 1789 was elected the first President of the United States of America. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... The Masonic Square and Compasses. ... Location in Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor William D. Euille Area  - City  15. ... Nickname: Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2: Jack... A drawing of the lighthouse by German archaeologist Prof. ... King Street station entrance pylon. ... The Washington Metro, or simply Metro, is the rapid transit system of Washington, D.C., and neighboring suburban communities in Maryland and Virginia, both inside and outside the Capital Beltway. ...

The view facing Alexandria from the top observatory, ninth level.
The view facing Alexandria from the top observatory, ninth level.

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is the only Masonic building supported and maintained by the 52 Grand Lodges of the United States. This is counter to common Masonic practice, where a building is only supported by the Grand Lodge of the state in which it resides. The building also houses the collection of the Alexandria Lodge, which contains most of the fraternal artifacts of George Washington, including: Watson and Catsoul Apron, Sash, Past Master portrait, Working Tools and Trowel used to lay the cornerstone at the United States Capitol. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1025 KB) The Old Town district of Alexandria, Virginia as seen from the observation deck of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1025 KB) The Old Town district of Alexandria, Virginia as seen from the observation deck of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. ... Cornerstone has several possible meanings and uses: Look up cornerstone in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The West front of the United States Capitol. ...

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Art and architecture

The masons are master craftsmen, and the building was built entirely with on-hand funds and donations- no loans were made for the construction. The design commission was awarded to the New York architectural firm of Helmle and Corbett. Designed in the classical style, the entrances is Doric, while the interior of the main hall (Memorial Hall) is Composite. The tower sections are Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. The tower is capped with an Egyptian pyramid, and capped with a flame-like finial, as a homage to the lighthouse of Alexandria. All the murals inside were done by a single artist, Allyn Cox. NY redirects here. ... A pyramid is any three-dimensional structure where the upper surfaces are triangular and converge on one point. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


Rooms and levels

There are ten floors from basement to the top; select rooms are used for the public guided tour. The fourth, fifth, seventh, eigth amd ninth are all furnished by Masonic appendant bodies, in particular the York Rite, Grotto, and Tall cedars of Lebanon


First floor

A meeting room on the lower level.
A meeting room on the lower level.

The First Floor contains three large, distinct areas: the Shrine Rooms, Assembly Hall, and Dining Rooms. The Shrine Rooms are dedicated to the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Shriners, who have established orthopedic hospitals and burn centers for children. The Assembly Hall is in the center space of the first floor, with eight New Hampshire green granite columns eighteen feet tall. Around the room are dioramas depicting scenes from the life of George Washington. This room also contains an animatronic George Washington owned by the Scottish Rite. The Assembly Hall (South Lodge Room) is used by the Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 and other visiting Masonic lodges. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (3072 × 2304 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (3072 × 2304 pixel, file size: 2. ... The Shriners, A.A.O.N.M.S. or Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, established in New York City in 1870, is an appendant body to Freemasonry. ... Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  Ranked 46th  - Total 9,359 sq mi (24,239 km²)  - Width 68 miles (110 km)  - Length 190 miles (305 km)  - % water 3. ... A diorama is a partially three dimensional model of a landscape typically showing historical events, nature scenes, cityscapes, etc. ... Animatronic is the third album from Norweigan black metal band, The Kovenant, and was released in 1999 through Nuclear Blast. ...


On April 4th and 5th scenes were shot inside the Assembly Hall for National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which will be acting as the Smithsonian in the film.


References

  1. ^ FAQ's - GW Masonic Memorial. gwmemorial.org. Retrieved on Jan 28, 2007.

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