Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Build It And They Will Come
Battleground to Community
— Brightwood Heritage Trail —
The tavern made way for the wood frame home of Stansbury Masonic Lodge No. 24. The hall, in addition to meeting and secret ceremonial spaces, included the income producing Brightwood Hotel. The Freemasons are an ancient fraternal organization with roots in the building trades. Members continue to do good works and create fellowship. Washington’s Freemasons served in all professions, from bricklayer to president.
In 1919 Stansbury Lodge member Frank Russell White designed a grand new limestone temple. Its main meeting room could hold
The Freemasons rented meeting spaces to a Greek Sunday school, high school fraternities, synagogues and others. After Stansbury Lodge moved to Takoma in 1987, the neoclassical building was sold. In the 1990s. it gained brief notoriety as a nightclub. In 2007 it reopened as the Lofts at Brightwood.
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Follow the 18 signs of Battleground to Community: Brightwood Heritage Trail to discover the personalities and forces that created this remarkable community.
Battleground to Community: Brightwood Heritage Trail, a free booklet capturing the trail’s highlights, is available in both English and Spanish language editions at local businesses along the way. To learn about other DC neighborhoods, please visit www.CulturalTourismDC.org.
Erected 2008 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 5.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Brightwood Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 57.685′ N, 77° 1.692′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Missouri Avenue Northwest and Georgia Avenue Northwest (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling west on Missouri Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5900 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crossroads Create Community (within shouting A Streetcar Named Brightwood (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hold the Mayo! (was about 500 feet away but has been reported missing. ); “Get Down You Fool” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aunt Betty's Story (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Stevens (approx. 0.2 miles away); School Days (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mayor Emery and the Union Army (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
More about this marker. A picture of Elizabeth Proctor Thomas appears at the upper right of the marker. Several photographs include “Children of Aqudath Achiam dramatize Chanukah on the Stanbury Masonic Temple stage in 1952.”; and an interior look of the temple with the caption “Masonic ceremonial rooms were found upstairs.”
A photograph of the Stansbury Masonic Temple appears at the top of the back of the marker. It has a caption of “The Stansbury Masonic Temple housed a post office when it first opened in 1920.” The lower left of the marker features a map of the Brightwood Heritage Trail and indicates the location of the marker.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the Brightwood Heritage Trail
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