The importance of the Masonic order in the early Republic socially, politically, and architecturally—through its symbolism as well as its buildings—cannot be underestimated. This fine Federal building is important historically because George Washington was inducted into the order through this lodge, though not in this building, which was constructed at least fifteen years after his death. Unfortunately, the restoration did not maintain the original quality of the brickwork. The museum contains some important artifacts, including a portrait of Washington by Gilbert Stuart and a bust of him by Jean Antoine Houdon. The lodge also commissioned from Hiram Powers in 1858 a statue of Washington which was sent to Richmond for safekeeping during the Civil War and was destroyed.
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George Washington Masonic Museum
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