"This colossal edifice, located at 1733 Sixteenth Street NW in Washington, D.C., was a replica of a pre-Christian temple - the temple of King Mausolus, the original mausoleum...a place to be taken after death." The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown (think Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons)
In Washington, D.C., one cannot turn around without viewing Masonic influenced architecture, whether you know what your looking at or not. It's everywhere! More than a few of the Founding Fathers were Freemasons, and it shows. Although a work of fiction, Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol is a good place to start reading. All the places and symbols mentioned in the book are real, and you can do your own research from there. Besides, it's a good read.
Behind the temple is a bust of George Washington, Freemason and First President written on the stone. In the top picture, to the right of the bust and just to the right of the little tree is the Corner Stone, the northeast corner of the temple.
The inscription above the door says "Freemasonry builds its temples in the hearts of men and among nations."
I didn't get to tour the temple, but intend to return. Apparently, the temple houses the oldest library in Washington. This seems like a grand claim considering the Library of Congress and the Folger Shakespeare library houses the most complete collection of Shakespeare manuscripts in the country. Who knows, it may be true. At any rate, I will be back to tour this building.
To get an idea for the scale of this beautiful and massive building, you can see a man walking in the bottom, left side of the below picture.