Masonic Temple, 910 F Street, NW

masonic templeThe former Masonic Temple on F Street is one of Washington’s remaining buildings by Adolf Cluss. A website that focuses on Cluss and his architecture contains the following information on the building:

Designed in an Italian palazzo style by Adolf Cluss and Joseph Wildrich von Kammerhueber in 1867, the four-story Masonic Temple with its multicolored sandstone façade adorned with Masonic symbols still stands at Ninth and F streets NW. Cluss had joined LaFayette Lodge No. 19 of the Masons in November 1864. Work began in June 1867. The Evening Star reported that “The building committee, judging from the massive foundations (three feet in thickness) being laid, are determined on erecting a building which will stand for ages.” Cluss’s original drawing shows a fifth floor that was never built because, Cluss explained many years later, of lack of funds. The Masonic Temple cost $100,000, much of which was raised through the sale of stock. Cluss himself still owned shares worth $4,100 at the time of his death in 1905. The income from first-floor shops and from the second-floor grand ballroom rentals provided dividends for stockholders. Throughout the remainder of the 19th century, the ballroom was the scene of many of the city’s most important social events.

The building was dedicated on March 20, 1870, and the Masons used the building until they moved to new and bigger lodgings in 1908. That building is now home to the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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4 Responses to “Masonic Temple, 910 F Street, NW”

  1. […] This was a prime location, situated just a block off the fashionable Seventh Street business district and near to such German community institutions as the Washington Journal Office (across the street at 710 Sixth), Dietz’s Ratskeller (around the corner at 511 Seventh), and Adolph Cluss’s Masonic Temple at Ninth and F Streets.   […]

  2. […] This was a prime location, situated just a block off the fashionable Seventh Street business district and near to such German community institutions as the Washington Journal Office (across the street at 710 Sixth), Dietz’s Ratskeller (around the corner at 511 Seventh), and Adolph Cluss’s Masonic Temple at Ninth and F Streets.    […]

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