The six-story Masonic Temple is located on a trapezoidal site formed by New York Avenue, H Street, and 13th Street where it is visible from several vantage points. The Masonic Temple provided facilities for large auditoriums, lodge rooms, a library, a banquet hall, and a mystic shrine. The steel-framed trapezoidal building is clad in Indiana limestone and a light gray brick. Large semicircular openings articulate its massive rusticated base. The super-structure is lined with a colonnade flanked with heavily rusticated piers. Above the attic, a balustrade gives scale to the whole.
After the Masonic Order abandoned the building and the Downtown East area became unfashionable, the building became a movie theater. As Downtown East once again became popular, the Temple's Beaux-Arts vocabulary inspired several new buildings nearby. Today, the building houses the National Museum of Women in the Arts.