The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
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The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is dedicated to the memory of George Washington, the nation's first President, and a Mason. Construction of the Memorial, sited atop Shooter’s Hill, the western terminus of Old Town Alexandria, began in 1922 styled after Egypt’s ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria. The building was dedicated in 1932, in honor of the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth.
As a privately-funded memorial, interior finishes continued to be added into the 1970s as funds were raised. Because much of the interior work was started or completed between the 1920s and 1950s, there are important Art Deco elements in the Memorial’s interior design, including the first floor’s terrazzo floors. The Memorial was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
Optional guided tours of the Memorial are available for $15 when purchasing tickets for the 2020 Washington Modernism Show, a savings of $3 over normal tour pricing. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
Take a photographic journey through the National Landmark